MANILA, Philippines – Customers in high-lying areas can expect longer service interruptions due to the continued inflow of turbid water from Ipo Dam following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, the Maynilad Water Services Inc. said Thursday.
In an advisory, Maynilad said the sustained inflow of turbid water has prevented the water concessionaire from maintaining the target production level.
“This affected network pressure, and the impact was immediately felt in elevated portions of our concession area,” it said.
“Hence, some of our customers in high-lying areas are currently experiencing a longer service interruption than scheduled,” it added.
Maynilad earlier announced that the water service interruptions it implemented due to high turbidity level could last until Nov. 24 in certain areas.
The water firm said it has started the process of removing the sludge that accumulated in its facilities since Thursday, and commenced the filling up of one of the basins at its La Mesa Treatment Plant as of Wednesday night.
“Clearing operations for the other two basins are ongoing, and being done round-the-clock,” it said.
Maynilad also assured its technical team is already implementing system adjustments at the water plant to address the issue, and has increased its mobile water tanker complement.
It said it has sought the assistance of local government units and the local fire bureau to add to its fleet of water tanker deliveries.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, and continue to ask for our customers’ patience as we facilitate the clearing operations at our treatment facilities that were affected by Typhoon Ulysses,” Maynilad said.