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Maynilad begins ‘cross-border’ supply sharing with Manila Water

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019

Maynilad Water Services opens one of its water valves along West Avenue in Quezon City to allow Manila Water to tap into their supply.

Manila Water consumers will soon find relief from water shortage that gripped the eastern Metro Manila and Rizal Province for more than a week now.

In a report on UNTV News and Rescue’s Ito ang Balita by Grace Casin on Friday, Manila Water Company can now tap on Maynilad Water Services’ supply after the latter formally opened one its water valves along West Avenue in Quezon City.

The said water valve was closed since 1997.

Earlier this week, Maynilad agreed to a ‘cross-border’ water sharing deal with Manila Water to help address its unstable water supply.

Maynilad will share around 50 million liters per day (mld) of its supply after Manila Water agreed with the tariff rates to be applied on the water sharing deal.   

“Progressively i-increase ‘yan to 50MLD, dahan-dahan dahil mayroon pong gagawin. Plus the deep well, ‘pag pinagsabay-sabay po natin, aabutin pa rin po tayo ng April hanggang May,” Manila Water President and CEO Ferdz dela Cruz told reporters during a press briefing on Friday.

According to the Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System (MWSS), water sharing between the two concessionaires has long been practiced to help resolve any water emergency.

MWSS President Ronesito Fernandez said that in 2015, Manila Water also came to Maynilad’s rescue when it encountered issues in its water supply due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

“Kasama po ‘yun sa concession agreement na magsi-sharing ng water in cases of emergency,” Fernandez said.

On Monday (March 18), Representatives from MWSS, National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Maynilad and Manila Water are set to face the Lower House to explain about the water shortage that affected thousands of households in parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province.

During the hearing, Solons also agreed to urge the NWRB to allow the use of deep wells during crisis.

The NWRB released a moratorium in 2004 banning unauthorized deep well extraction and pumping of underground water sources in Metro Manila and Cebu to protect groundwater reserves and avoid land subsidence and salt water intrusion.

READ: NWRB warns vs digging illegal deep wells amid water shortage in Metro Manila

“Maybe on Monday, we can prepare a committee resolution allowing them that could be part of the interpretation of the law,” House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said.

Arroyo met with MWSS officials on Thursday (March 14) to discuss the metro water shortage. The meeting was also attended by some Congressmen who suggested for Manila Water to lower the pressure in other areas it is servicing to meet the allocation needs of households hit with service interruption.

“Lahat na lang parepareho na magsakripisyo. Hihinaan ang presyon sa lahat para maiwasan natin ‘yung totally wala nang tubig na tumutulo (sa gripo),” Marikina 1st District Representative Bayani Fernando said.

Malacañang earlier said it is set to issue an Executive Order (EO) to address the many issues involving the supply and distribution of water in Metro Manila.

READ: Malacañang to release executive order on water shortage

The MWSS, for its part, assured that short-term and medium-term solutions are in place to hopefully address the water shortage.

“Hopefully, all these solutions that we have provided are on track, then maybe by April things will go back to normal,” MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty said. – Robie de Guzman

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Irrigation water in Bulacan, Pampanga from Angat Dam to last until May 16—NWRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Image of Angat Dam taken on May 2, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will stop allocating irrigation water from Angat Dam to Bulacan and Pampanga starting May 16 as water level drops below critical level.

The NWRB has begun reducing the allocation in the irrigation of the said provinces from 3,450 million liters per day to 2,590 million liters for the first two weeks of May.

READ: Water level in Angat dam declines further

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said the reduced allocation will not affect the said provinces because they are already close to harvest season.

“Sa tingin natin hindi makaka-apekto ito sa mga palayan diyan kasi nga po halos patapos na ang pagtatanim diyan at malapit na po mag-ani ang mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan at Pampanga kaya sa tingin natin hindi na ganun kalaki ang pangangailangan nila sa tubig sa panahon na ito, (We think this will not affect the crops in Bulacan and Pampanga because planting season is over and harvest season is near. We think their need for irrigation water supply will not be as much)” he said.

Meanwhile, the NWRB continues to monitor the water level in Angat Dam and will also continue to conduct cloud seeding to aid in the water supply.

“Masusi nating binabantayan ang kasalukuyang level at iyong mga development sa panahon kasi alam naman po natin na iyong pag-recover ng dam partikular ang Angat umaasa tayo sa mga pagulan, (We are carefully monitoring the water level and the development in the weather because the recovery of a dam, particularly in Angat [Dam] relies on rain)” according to David.

Water level in Angat Dam is currently in 177.5 meters from the 212 meters normal high water level.

The NWRB estimates that the water level will only reach as low as 173 meters before May ends.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

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No water in parts of Pasig, Taguig and whole of Pateros tonight — Manila Water

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Manila Water Services Inc. announced on Thursday that three areas in Metro Manila will experience a temporary water service interruption tonight.

In an advisory posted on its official Twitter account, the Manila Water said that parts of Pasig City, Taguig City and the entire municipality of Pateros will have no water supply from 8 p.m. (May 2) to 4 a.m. (May 3).

Affected barangays are listed below:

PASIG CITY

  • Barangay Kalawaan
  • Barangay Buting
  • Barangay San Joaquin

TAGUIG CITY (except hospitals in Gen. Luna and Levi Mariano/Cayetano Blvd.)

  • Barangay Bagong Calzada
  • Barangay Palingon
  • Barangay Santa Ana
  • Barangay Tuktukan
  • Barangay Ususan
  • Barangay Napindan
  • Barangay Ibayo-Tipas
  • Barangay Ligid-Tipis
  • Barangay Bambang
  • Barangay Hagonoy
  • Barangay Wawa
  • Barangay San Miguel

PATEROS

  • All Barangays (except hospitals in B. Morcilla and P. Herrera)

The water concessionaire cited emergency supply management activities as a reason for the sudden water interruption.

Affected residents were advised to store enough water to supply their needs during this service improvement activity.

The utility firm also encouraged its affected clients to call their hotline 1627 or post a message to their social media accounts for any concerns about the service interruption.

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Maynilad to implement water interruption in several areas until May 14

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Maynilad will implement an emergency water interruption in several areas in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Cavite from Tuesday (April 30) to May 14.

Residents in the affected areas might experience low pressure or no water supply.

Maynilad Spokesperson Jennifer Rufo said they need to clean their water treatment facility because of the increase in algae coming from the Laguna Lake. They want to avoid water contamination.

“If you go to Laguna lake now naging kay green na iyong tubig diyan sa dami ng algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities kasi kailangan ng more frequent cleaning ang aming filters dahil naka-clog ito so may mga pumapasok na algae from Laguna lake, (If you go to Laguna lake now, the water is green due to the algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented, we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities as we need to conduct frequent cleaning of our filters because they get clogged and algae would seep in from Laguna lake),” she said.

According to Maynilad, there may be circumstances where water interruptions might extend beyond the schedule.

READ: Angat Dam level dips below minimum

Meanwhile, Rufo gave the assurance that they have enough water supply for their customers despite the water level in Angat Dam dipping below the minimum.

“We have enough supply to last up through the summer months basta hindi babawasan ng National Water Resources Board (NWRD) ang alokasyon sa Metro Manila mula sa Angat Dam. (We have enough supply to last through the summer months as long as the National Water Resources Board (NWRD) will not lower the allocation in Metro Manila from Angat Dam.)

Maynilad should be able to sustain the needs of its customers,” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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