Maynilad reduces hours of water interruption in affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019   •   116

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)

‘Tisoy’ exits PH, leaves more water in Angat Dam

Marje Pelayo   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Kammuri local name ‘Tisoy’ exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday at 8:00 AM, according to state weather service PAGASA.

Based on PAGASA’s latest update, ‘Tisoy’ was located at 580 km south of Iba, Zambales.

Though the weather disturbance no longer impacts any part of the country, scattered rains and thunderstorms will still be experienced in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and the province of Aurora due to the effects of the tail end of a cold front.

Meanwhile the Northeast Monsoon will bring light rains over Ilocos Region and the rest of Central Luzon.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Tisoy somehow improved the water level in Angat Dam.  

As of 6:00 AM today, Angat’s level marked 1.05 meter-increase to 194.52 meters from Tuesday’s 193.47 meters.

Prior to that, Angat Dam gained more than 4 meters during the onslaught of the typhoon. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Angat Dam gets 4 meters of water from Typhoon Tisoy

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Angat Dam’s water level increased by four meters following nonstop rains brought about by Typhoon Tisoy.

As of 6:00 AM on Wednesday (December 4), Angat’s water level is at 193.47 meters after catching an additional 4.50 meters overnight.

State weather agency PAGASA earlier projected that Angat Dam might possibly increase by up to 9 meters from the volume of rains that Typhoon Tisoy might bring but only half of the expected volume was added.

To fully replenish Angat Dam’s reserve, it has to hit 212 meters.

Meanwhile, Ipo Dam and La Mesa Dams also recorded increase in water level with 101.20 meters and 77.55 meters, respectively as of this morning.

Despite this slight increase, allocations in Metro Manila remain limited and water service interruptions by concessionaires are still in effect. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

Deep wells eyed to augment water supply in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2019

 Filipinos with no water supply in their districts collect water from an overhead pipe at a refilling area in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 20 July 2010.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has allowed the operation of deep wells while water level in Angat Dam remains below normal.

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said around 40 of all 180 deep wells are functioning across Metro Manila.

These units can add up to 150 million liters to the metropolis’ required daily water requirement.

“Sa ngayon, dahil sa may kakulangang nararansan, ito ay sinusubukang i-activate at i-energize (Because of shortage in supply, we are trying to activate [the deep wells] and re-energize them),” David said.

One deep well, located in Quezon City and supervised by Manila Water, is measured 100 meters deep.

It can fill an entire Olympic size swimming pool in one day.

“Ang tubig po nito galing sa ilalim ng lupa na tinatawag po nating aquifer or ground water (na) nag nagmumula din sa mga katabing ilog or mga lake at galing din po sa pag-ulan natin (The water here comes from below the ground which is called an aquifer or ground water that comes from nearby rivers or lakes and also from collected rainwater),” explained Manila Water Plant Manager Ken Icaro.

Icaro added that the water generated by the deep well is treated through certain equipment to minimize the concentration of minerals such as iron and manganese to a certain point that is acceptable to the Philippine national standards for drinking water.

After treatment, Icaro said, water goes straight to the consumers.

State weather agency PAGASA has already announced that Angat Dam is less likely to refill to normal level by the end of this year.

But the NWRB assured that allocation in Metro Manila will remain at 40 cubic meters per second until next month.

Nevertheless, the agency called on the public to observe proper use of water and as much as possible, recycle, in order to help maintain Angat’s water reserve until the next rainy season. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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