Maynilad reduces hours of water interruption in affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019   •   469

MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad customers can relax a bit as the water concessionaire announced shorter hours of water service interruptions.

Maynilad said recent days of rainshowers helped in replenishing water supply in Ipo Dam.

“Twenty percent of our customers have interruptions of about 8 to 10 hours. But that is starting to reduce because of the rains that came in but we don’t know for how long again,” explained Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez.

Around nine million households in the West Zone of Metro Manila depend on Maynilad for water supply especially if water supply becomes thin during the dry season when Angat Dam fails to replenish as predicted by the state weather service PAGASA.

According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), they just limited the allocation so as not to deplete the supply in Angat Dam.

“Wala naman tayong (There is no) water crisis. We are just making sure that water crisis last March will not happen anymore,” said MWSS Administrator Emmanuel Salamat.

Meanwhile, the MWSS is pushing measures to protect Laguna Lake from pollution.

“We have just proposed protection and preservation of our Laguna Lake and declare it as a vital source of our domestic freshwater supply,” Salamat said.

So far, Maynilad has treatment plants that generate water from Laguna Lake and supplies to 310 million liters of water daily to its customers.

According to Fernandez, Laguna Lake can produce the volume of domestic water being supplied by the Angat Dam.

Laguna Lake is over 90,000 hectares in area which is larger than Singapore.

“To my mind, Laguna Lake is the biggest body of water that can supply Metro Manila and even the surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal,” he explained.

According to Maynilad, though Laguna Lake is used for fishery, it should primarily serve as a source of water for domestic use. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Angat Dam’s water level remains below normal despite slight increase

Marje Pelayo   •   October 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved by one meter in the past 24 hours, according to PAGASA’s Hydro Meteorological Division.

As of 6:00 AM Tuesday (October 13), Angat’s water reserve reached 183.32 meters, an increase of 1.34 meters from 181.98 meters on Monday (October 12).

Despite this improvement, however, PAGASA said Angat Dam’s water level remains lower by seven meters than its minimum operating level at this time of the year.

Also. it needs 26 meters more to reach its maximum level.

Angat Dam supplies 90 percent of Metro Manila’s water requirement.

La Mesa Dam in Quezon City slightly dropped at 79.7 meters today though it remains near an overflowing level of 80.15 meters.

Ipo Dam, likewise, remains at normal level with a slight increase of .05 meters, measuring at 101.05 meters today. 

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NWRB reduces water allocation for Metro Manila as Angat Dam water level drops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has reduced water allocation for Metro Manila due to the continuous drop in Angat Dam’s water level.

“Continuous iyong decline ng level ng Angat Dam, and iyong mga rainfall na supposedly padating o inaasahang dumating nung July and August ay hindi na-realized based sa projection ng PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) so halos wala pa atang kalahati,” said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

From the previous 48 cubic meter per second (cms), allocation will be reduced to 46 cms. David assured that this is still enough to address demand.

As of September 11 at 6:00 a.m., water level in Angat Dam was at 178.01 meters. Its minimum operating level is at 180 meters

Based on the September 11 update of PAGASA, the water level in Angat Dam went down to 178.01 meters, which is almost two meters below its minimum operating level of 180 meters. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

NWRB appeals to public to conserve water as Angat Dam level goes below normal

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) appeals to the public to conserve water as Angat Dam’s water level goes down the minimum operating level. 

As of Thursday (September 10), Angat’s level is at around 178.35 meters which is lower than its minimum operating level of 180 meters.

“We appeal to the public to conserve water and use water responsibly to help in our efforts to manage the level of the Dam and avoid or slow down the lowering,” Sevillo David Jr. said, Executive Director of NWRB. 

The official said the September allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) remains at 46 cms, while the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) gets 30 cms.

“Considering that we are at the middle part of the wet cropping season in Bulacan and Pampanga and the need for steady supply of water for Metro Manila as preventive measure against COVID, allocation for September is currently maintained even if it is below the 180 minimum operating level,” David said.

The NWRB is collaborating with other government agencies such as MWSS, NIA, the National Power Corporation (NPC) and the state weather bureau PAGASA in closely monitoring the situation in Angat and the impacts to water supply for Metro Manila and irrigation.

The agency hopes that Angat’s water level will improve in the coming months.

“We are guided by the near normal to above normal rainfall projections of Pagasa for the rest of the year and probable occurrence of a La Nina Episode by the last quarter of the year,” David said.

“We expect the dam level to improve with the projected rainfall this month until the end of the year,” he said.

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