Manila Water to adjust service operations as La Mesa Dam water level drops
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Manila Water has announced that it will be implementing water service operational adjustments due to the rapid decline of the water level at La Mesa Dam amid limited inflows from rainfall.
In a statement issued on Monday (March 4), the company said this is in light of the El Niño advisory of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) and its threat to the domestic water supply of Metro Manila.
With this, some areas in the cities of Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City, Taguig and Antipolo, Angono, Binangonan, San Mateo, Rodriguez, Taytay and Jala-jala in Rizal will experience low pressure to no water during peak demand hours.
Listed below are the affected barangays:
Central Signal Village
New Lower Bicutan
North Signal Village
South Signal Village
San Mateo, Rizal
Ampid I & II
Dulong Bayan 1 & 2
Guitnang Bayan 1 & 2
Manila Water is advising affected residents to store enough water during these periods.
Affected customers may also call Manila Water’s hotline 1627 for more details. – Robie de Guzman
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
The Manila Water Co. announced on Thursday that 20 villages in Quezon City will experience temporary water service interruptions as it undertakes emergency leak repairs.
In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, Manila Water said the joint leak repair and pipe interconnection/relocation at the Elliptical Road in Quezon City was due to an accidental breakage on a major pipeline caused by one of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) contractors.
“Due to an accidental breakage caused by a DPWH contractor, damaging our major pipeline at Elliptical Road corner Commonwealth Avenue (northbound) in Quezon City, Manila Water is currently undertaking emergency leak repairs which will result in temporary water service interruption,” the advisory read.
The water distributor said the repair works is expected to be completed on May 24 (Friday) at 6 a.m.
Affected villages are listed below:
Old Capitol Site
Teachers Village East
Teachers Village West
The Manila Water said the water service interruption will affect 242,000 people in 44,056 households, commercial and business establishments.
“The interconnection of the new 900mm relocated pipeline at Elliptical Road corner North Avenue, which was previously planned for May 24 to 25, will also be undertaken at the same time to minimize impact to the affected customers,” it added.
The Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration “due to the still-limited raw water supply.”
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Manila Water customers who had been affected by the water crisis in March will start receiving their rebates.
The rebates for the more than 100,000 affected customers will be reflected in the June water bill.
Based on the announcement made by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), all residents who had been affected by the crisis will receive 153.93 rebates for the 10 cubic meters of their water consumption in the month of May.
Residents in the severely affected areas who had been rendered waterless 24/7 from March 6 to 31 will be given additional 2,196.94 rebates.
In case the rebate is higher than the actual consumption, the remaining value will be applied to the next month’s water bill, or will be deducted to the previous month’s unpaid bill.
MWSS chief regulator, Atty Patrick Ty said, “the entire 534 million yun po babalik yan lahat sa publiko wala pong maiiwan o walang mapupunta sa MWSS [the entire 534 Million will be returned to the public. Nothing will be left or go to the MWSS].”
Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla, on the other hand, said, “susundin natin yun. Kaya ngayon yung rebate para sa customers amounting to 534M, we will coordinate with the regulatory office in terms of implementing yung mga mechanics at guidelines [We will abide by it. The rebates for the customers amounting to 534M will be coordinated with the regulatory office in terms of the implementation of the mechanics and guidelines].”
Customers who will receive rebates from Manila Water are from Taguig, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Quezon City and several towns from Rizal.
The Water Bill Waiver Program is part of the 1.13 Billion-peso fines that was meted out on Manila Water due to its failure to supply water to its customers.
The MWSS also ordered Manila Water to put up a new facility for its water source development measures that cost 600 Million pesos.
This will prevent the incident from happening again and to allow Manila Water to come up with an alternative source of water supply.
Meanwhile, the MWSS has also issued a Notice of Service Obligation Failure to Maynilad Water Services (Maynilad) for the mounting complaints on its services.
Atty. Ty said the 15 days they gave to Maynilad for it to address its water supply problem had already lapsed.
The water regulatory board is giving Maynilad five days to refute the notice and state why they should not be meted out penalties.
Most of the complaints that the MWSS received against Maynila had come from Las Pinas, Muntinlupa and Cavite customers.
Maynilad, in a statement, insisted that the penalty has no basis. It also belied reports that its customers had experienced water interruption for 15 days.
The water company insisted that only 12 percent of its customers had experienced water supply interruption and the agency had adopted measures of rationing water in the affected areas. (with reports from Joan Nano) /mbmf
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Residents in 20 areas in Quezon City will experience a seven-hour water service interruption starting Friday night, the Manila Water Co. announced on Monday.
The water distributor said this is due to relocation of major pipelines along Elliptical Road.
“More than 242,000 population in 20 barangays in Quezon City will experience water service interruption as Manila Water relocates its major pipeline at the corner of Elliptical Road and North Avenue to make way for the construction of the MRT 7,” it said in an advisory.
The water service interruption will be implemented from 11 p.m. on May 24 (Friday) to 6 a.m. on May 25 (Saturday).
Affected areas are as follows:
Old Capitol Site
Teachers Village East
Teachers Village West
Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration due to limited water supply.
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