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Metro Cebu also hit by water crisis

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Water supply shortage is not only being experienced in Metro Manila and Rizal, but also in Metro Cebu.

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Spokesperson Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara said, “The supply shortage is caused by the lowering of the water table and pollution of sources due to septic waste and long-term use of fertilizers.”

Kara revealed that even without El Niño, the MCWD is only serving 43% of the Metro Cebu’s requirements due to the insufficient supply and fast increasing demand.

The Jaclupan and Buhisan dams, have been supplying water for the MCWD customers in Compostela and Talisay areas.

Currently, the water production of Jaclupan has been reduced from 33,000 cu. m. to 23,400 cu.m per day, while Buhisan has decreased from 5,000 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. per day, which resulted in a total deficit of 13,600 cu.m. per day.

Among the areas affected by the lowering of Buhisan Dam water level, include, elevated parts of Banawam Horseshoe Drive, Capitol Site, Oppra, Ipil-ipil, Camputhaw, Clavano, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, F. Ramos B. Rodriguez, Juana Osmeña, Pier Area, North Reclamation Area, MJ Cuenco Ave., M. Velez

Meanwhile, Jaclupan facility’s reduced production has affected the elevated areas of Talisay City, and downtown Cebu City.

MCWD has 450,000 cu.m. water demand per day from its customers, but it is now only capable of supplying 228,000 cu.m. daily.

This prompted the said water concessionaire to implement rotational water interruption. It also came up with a plan of building up an additional 4 wells as its short-term solution. Its management is also planning to have a major dam project as its long-term response to the problem.

The MCWD expects the shortage to continue until June this year. — Freema Salonga-Gloria

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Angat Dam water level dips further below critical level

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

As of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (July 11), the water level in Angat Dam has dipped lower than the critical level at 159.93 meters.

This is lower compared to the 160.30 meters recorded on Wednesday (July 10).

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) reduced the amount of  water allocated to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (cms) to 36 cms.

Meanwhile, Maynilad and Manila Water continue to implement water service interruptions.—AAC

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Manila Water, Maynilad claim ‘force majeure’ over water woes

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Concessionaires, Manila Water Co. Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. have submitted a “notice of force majeure” to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) amid the worsening water shortage in Metro Manila.

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty said on Tuesday, the “force majeure” was filed by concessionaires as a defense to the water troubles being felt in the metropolis amid declining water level in Angat Dam.

The notice, under the concession agreement, exempts the contracting parties from fulfilling their contractual obligations for causes that could not be anticipated and/or are beyond their control.

It also suspends some portions of the utility firms’ service obligations for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events.

During the oversight hearing conducted by the House Committees on Metro Manila development, public works and highways and natural resources, Ty said the notice would be discussed and decided upon by the MWSS Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

“But we reiterated to them that they are not exempted from all obligations… We repeatedly told concessions to follow the requirement to provide notices to the public or else this could be a violation to the agreement,” Ty said.

“They have to make sure that the notices are correct and they keep their schedules, there’s also the issue of quality of water,” he added.

The MWSS in April imposed a P1.13 billion fine against the Manila Water for failing to meet service requirements. Half of the penalty was supposed to go to customers in refund.

READ: Manila Water slapped with P1-B fine for supply shortage

The sanction was on top of the voluntary full bill waiver imposed by the Manila Water in April, which it said earlier would cost the company nearly P500 million. (with details from Joan Nano)

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Angat Dam water may hit lowest level on record this week – NWRB

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Image of Angat Dam taken on June 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The water elevation in Angat Dam will likely reach the lowest level on record this weekend in the absence of significant rainfall in the watershed, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said on Tuesday (June 25).

In July 2010, Angat Dam recorded the lowest water level in history at 157.57 meters.

NWRB executive director Dr. Servillo David Jr. said that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the water level at Angat Dam was at 158.77 meters down from Monday’s 159.09 meters.

The onset of the rainy season in the country has already been declared by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), but the NWRB said recent rains have not reached the Angat Dam watershed.

“If the situation continues na walang significant rainfall that will come in the next couple of days, based on our projection, we will breach that record by the weekend,” Servillo said.

If Angat Dam’s water level breaches the 150-meter mark, the NWRB said the water allocation for Metro Manila may further be reduced.

Last Saturday (June 22), the NWRB already reduced the water allocation for Metro Manila from 40 cubic meters per second (cms) to 36 cms.

This prompted water concessionaires to implement longer rotational service disruptions in the metropolis and nearby areas.

Angat Dam’s declining water level has also compelled the NWRB to temporarily close down Angat Hydropower plant, which resulted in a drop in Luzon grid power supply by 200 megawatts.

This is said to be one of the reasons why the Luzon grid has been consecutively placed under yellow alert status in the past few days. (with details from Joan Nano)

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