Maynilad to implement water interruption in several areas until May 14
Aileen Cerrudo • April 30, 2019 • 2414
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.
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)
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)
MANILA, Philippines – The rotational water service interruptions scheduled by water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, had started in several areas in Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan at dawn on Thursday (October 24).
Maynilad and Manila Water adopted the said measure following the continuing decrease of the water level in Angat Dam.
Alongside the residents stocking water for their daily use, owners of water-intensive facilities, such as laundromats and car wash centers, get enterprising to go on business as usual.
Laundry shop crewmembers say water service interruptions create big impact on their business as they need to adjust their operating hours in cases when their stored water in their water tanks would not suffice.
“Halimbawa nung nakaraan ang tubig bumalik siya ng alas tres na ng hapon, so off kami sa umaga tapos mag-oopen kami alas tres na or dos na ang opening namin” Nida Dagtan, a laundryshop staff said.
She also said water service interruptions affect their salaries as daily income wagers, particularly when they have to close their shop earlier than the usual time.
A carwash shop owner, meanwhile, said they have to store water in every way and containers they can so as not to have shortage during business hours, to the extent of securing rainwater catchments.
“Nagsasahod kami sa ulan para dun sa mga lower parts ng sasakyan dun namin ginagamit para makatipid kami ng tubig,” said Regie Echano, a carwash shop owner.
He added that on average, they can service 40 vehicles a day that’s why it is imperative that they have enough stored water.
Water refilling stations, on the other hand, would store water in two large tanks to ensure that they can service their clients even with the shortage.
“Pinupuno na po namin yung tangke para kapag walang tubig, may handa kami. May pambigay sa customer,” said Welmer Estanel, a water refilling station crew.
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB), however, advised the public to store water just enough to get by during the hours when the water supply is stalled.
This is so that Maynilad and Manila Water will not run low of water supply very quickly that would result in longer hours of water service interruption.
Based on Maynilad advisory, the areas they cover will experience around 8 to 18 hours of no water services; while Manila Water’s scheduled water interruption in the areas they cover will happen for four to eight hours. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
Due to this, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is aiming to cut water allocations. According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., they want to manage the water supply in case the water level will not reach 212 meters by the end of the year.
“In order to manage iyong supply ngayon just in case na hindi ganoon ka-favorable iyong mga rainfall na darating sa Angat watershed (In order to manage the current supply in case there will be no favorable rainfall at Angat watershed),” he said.
According to PAGASA, rainfalls are still expected in Angat Dam area before the end of the year.
“Pagpasok ng November may mga dalawang bagyo tayong inaasahan diyan (By November, we are expecting two more typhoons),” weather specialist Edgar dela Cruz said.
The NWRB said they plan to conduct cloud seeding operation but that will only slightly increase the water level at Angat Dam.
Meanwhile, the NWRB will launch a campaign for responsible water consumption by November.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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