MWSS cancels extension of Manila Water, Maynilad water concession deal
Aileen Cerrudo • December 11, 2019 • 427
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has revoked the extension of the government’s water concession agreement with the Manila Water and Maynilad.
MWSS Deputy Administrator for Engineering, Leonor Cleofas confirmed that they revoked the board resolution extending the water concession agreement of Maynilad and Manila Water until 2037.
The MWSS said this was prompted by the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte due to the “onerous” provisions in the said water concession agreement.
“It was on the agenda that the board tackles the resolution on the approval of the extension of the concession agreement. That was brought about by the directive of the President tackled in the Cabinet meeting… they are now revoking the board resolution adopted in 2008,” Cleofas said.
Cleofas made the confirmation on Wednesday’s (Dec. 11) joint hearing of the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability and on Public Accounts.
With this move by the MWSS, the concession agreement with Maynilad and Manila Water to service Metro Manila and parts of Luzon will expire in 2022.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
Maynilad and Manila Water has assured the public they will be able to provide enough water supply amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.
This is despite the continuous water level reduction in Angat Dam.
According to Maynilad Asst. Manager on Media Relations Grace Laxa, in order to keep providing enough water supply to their customers, they have to implement water service interruptions.
“Mayroon tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers. Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila sa oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar, (We have enough water supply rationed to our customers. But they have to fill their supplies depending on the schedule in their area)” she said.
Meanwhile, Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said they will only implement water interruptions in the evenings in order for their customers to still be able to do household chores including disinfection.
“For most times of the day ay mayroon tayong tubig, (we have water)” he said.
The water concessionaires also advise the public not to hoard water supply which could cause more problems on top of the COVID-19 threat.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad announced the latest schedule of water service interruptions for March 2020 due to the decreasing water level at Ipo Dam.
Maynilad explained that Ipo’s water level fell short of its maintaining level of 101 meters due to minimal runoffs from Ipo watershed in recent days.
This is despite allocation of raw water from Angat Dam remaining at 42 cubic meters per second.
Thus, Maynilad advises its customers to take note of the assigned schedule of rotational service interruptions for this month.
“Asahan ang mas mahigpit na pagpapatupad nito sa mga susunod na araw hangga’t hindi tumataas ang water elevation sa Ipo Dam (Expect strict implementation of the scheduled service interruptions in the coming days until water elevation at Ipo Dam improves),” Maynilad’s advisory said.
For this reason, the water concessionaire reminds affected residents to conserve water and store enough amount for domestic needs. (Complete list HERE.)
Maynilad has announced that there will be rotational water interruptions from 4 to 8 hours due to the low water level in Angat and Ipo dam.
From 101 meters — which is the maintaining level of Ipo Dam— it dropped to 100.20 meters as of Wednesday (February 5) at 6:00 a.m.
Maynilad Spokesperson Grace Laxamana said it would take time for the water supply to be delivered to customers’ houses due to the low water level in the said dams.
“So kapag mabagal iyong treatment process siyempre mas mabagal rin ang pagpuno ng mga reservoirs natin bago natin mai-deliver sa mga customer natin, (So if the treatment process is slow, it will take time to fill the reservoirs before it can be delivered to our customers),” she said.
Around 80 percent of Maynilad’s customers will experience the rotational water interruption.
Maynilad advises its customers to take note of the rotational service interruption in their area and make sure to conserve water.
“Sinisiguro natin na magkakaroon naman sila araw-araw ng tubig kaya po huwag silang mag-hoard at ipunin lamang iyong kinakailangan nila for the whole day (We are ensuring [customers] will have enough water supply everyday so they should not hoard and just reserve enough water for the whole day),” Laxamana said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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