MWSS asks Manila Water, Maynilad to explain unannounced service disruptions

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2019   •   1696

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has formally asked concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad to explain the recent unannounced water service disruptions reported by affected residents in Metro Manila.

MWSS chief regulator Atty. Patrick Ty said a notice to explain has been sent to the water companies, warning them as well for not following the schedule for water service interruptions.

Early this week, water consumers of Manila Water and Maynilad complained about the late posting of water interruption schedules.

READ: Customers irked over late water interruption advisory from Manila Water, Maynilad

Ty added the MWSS Regulatory Office is now studying possible penalties that could be imposed on the concessionaires over unannounced water service interruptions.

The official said that at present, a concessionaire may only be sanctioned if the surprise water disruption occurred for 30 days.

Water concessionaires earlier urged for public understanding as they are still working on fixing the service disruption schedule amid limited water allocation.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) earlier said the water allocation for MWSS will be further reduced starting Saturday (June 22) when the water elevation at Angat Dam is expected to hit the critical level of 160 meters.

READ: NWRB: Angat dam to hit critical level on Saturday

The NWRB said at least 36 cms will be allocated for the MWSS should Angat dam water level drops below 160 meters.

Metro water allocation to increase on Sept. 1 as Angat dam level improves – NWRB

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The allocation for Metro Manila water concessionaires will slightly increase next month as rains brought about by recent weather disturbances continue to boost the water level at Angat dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said Monday.

NWRB director Servillo David Jr. said the water of Angat dam is already above the minimum operating level of 180 meters and is expected to rise further based on the rainfall projections of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA).

“With the current level of Angat which is already above 180 meters and expected to rise further with incoming weather disturbances and Pagasa projections of near-normal rainfall for September, there will be an adjustment in allocation for water supply and irrigation starting September 1,” he said in a message sent to reporters.

David said the current water supply allocation of 36 cubic meters per second (cms) will be increased to 40 cms for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). Allocation for irrigation will also go up next month.

“For water supply from 36 cms to 40 cms. There will be allocation for irrigation also up to 30 cms,” he said.

The NWRB reduced the water allocation for Metro Manila to 36 cms from 40 cms when Angat dam breached the critical level of 160 meters in June.

The allocation was a huge slash from the average allocation of 48 cms on normal days.

The reduced water allocation resulted in rotational service interruption in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the previous month.

PAGASA earlier said it may take until September before Angat dam level returns to normal.

PAGASA Hydrologist Shiela Schneider said the projection was based on dam monitoring in previous years.

“Kasi nandito na tayo sa tag-ulan, may mga bagyo at may mag inexpect pa tayo na bagyong dadating so inaasahan, based from the historical naman natin na mga data, nakikita natin during these months talaga tumataas ang elevation ng Angat dam” she said.

Aside from Angat dam, water level at other dams in the country, including La Mesa, Ambuklao and Ipo, were also reported to have improved. (RRD with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

No water in parts of Metro Manila on August 20-21 – Maynilad

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Maynilad Water Services has announced a schedule of temporary water service interruptions in parts of Metro Manila from August 20 (Tuesday) to August 21 (Wednesday).

In an advisory, Maynilad said the water service disruption slated from August 20 at 6 p.m. to August 21 at 6 a.m. will affect several areas of Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas.

The west zone water concessionaire said the service interruption is due to maintenance activities aimed at improving water services.

Below is the list of affected barangays and their corresponding supply interruption schedules:

MANILA

  • Barangay 124 to 127
  • Barangay 129 to 146
  • Barangay 177

CALOOCAN

  • Barangay 12
  • Barangay 14
  • Barangay 20
  • Barangay 28
  • Barangay 31
  • Barangay 35

MALABON

  • Barangay Longos
  • Tuna
  • Torcillo
  • Dagat-Dagatan Ext.
  • Dalagang Bukid East/C3
  • Lapu-Lapu West
  • Dagat-Dagatan

NAVOTAS

  • Barangay Bangculasi
  • Barangay North Bay Blvd.
  • San Rafael Village

Maynilad urged its customers to store water at least three days before the scheduled interruption to prevent simultaneous heavy withdrawals of water from its pipelines, which can reduce water pressure and cause some customers to have no water earlier than scheduled.

The water concessionaire assured water tankers will be on standby to deliver water to affected areas as needed.

Upon resumption of water service, customers are also advised to let the water flow out for a few seconds until the water clears.

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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