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NWRB set to reduce allocation to water concessionaires

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is set to cut the water allocation for Metro Manila as the water level at Angat Dam nears critical level.

The NWRB said on Tuesday that the technical working group has proposed to reduce the allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 46 cubic meters per second (cms) to 40 cms from June 19 to 21.

The NWRB said this is to fine tune the preparation of the Low-Level Outlet (LLO) as a back-up water discharge and to lessen the effect of limited water supply in the coming days before the Angat dam breaches the critical level of 160 meters.

“Ito po yung gusto nating i-manage although limited yung allocation na binibigay natin, this is part of the contingency plan,to manage the limited water supply sa Angat,” said Servillo David, executive director of NWRB.

The agency said that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Angat Dam water level is at 161.78 meters. It is projected to reach the critical level mark in the next three days.

The NWRB said that assuming that the 160-meter level is breached as projected on June 22, the allocation for the MWSS will be adjusted again to give way to the shutting down of the auxiliary unit.

At least 36 cms will be allocated for the MWSS until the dam further declines to 150 meters if there is no significant inflow in the coming days.

The NWRB said that based on the forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the earliest downpour is expected in the last week of June because a monsoon break, which lessens the chance of rainfall, prevails in the country.

“This will considerably impact the normal delivery of services of both Metro Manila concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water and the Bulacan concessionaire. Expect rotational water service interruptions which will be announced the soonest possible time,” the NWRB said.

The agency appeals to the public anew to conserve and use water wisely. (with details from Joan Nano)

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More water service interruptions as Angat Dam’s level remains below critical

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Water level in Angat Dam remains below the critical level on Monday (July 15) despite rainshowers in the past days.

As of 6:00 a.m., Angat Dam has 158.74 meters, still below the critical level of 160 meters and way below its normal operating level of 180 meters.

On its Facebook page, concessionaire Manila Water on Monday announced continuous implementation of rotational water interruptions due to the current state of Angat Dam.

“Ang mga service interruption na ito ay ginagawa para maipamahagi ang limitadong suplay ng tubig sa lahat ng aming mga customer, dahil nananatiling mas mababa ang alokasyon mula sa NWRB dala ng muling pagbaba ng antas ng Angat Dam,” Manila Water said on its post.

(This service interruptions aim to evenly distribute the limited supply of water to all our customers because allocation from NWRB remains low due to below critical level of water in Angat Dam.)

See Manila Water’s list of service interruptions here.

Meanwhile, Maynilad also said it was cutting water supply as it continues to fine-tune its distribution given the reduced raw water releases from Angat Dam.

“We encourage our affected customers to store enough water when supply is available,” Maynilad posted.

See Maynilad’s updated list of water service interruptions here.

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Maynilad accepts MWSS penalty, Las Piñas customers to receive P2,500 rebate

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

Water concessionaire, Maynilad, has accepted the penalty imposed by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and will provide Las Piñas customers P2,500 rebate.

“The penalty was due to Maynilad’s failure to comply with its Service Obligations under the Concession Agreement, specifically its failure to provide 24/7 water services to its customers in portions of Brgy. Captain Albert Aguilar (CAA) in Las Piñas City,” the MWSS said.

The MWSS adds that the rebate will be reflected in the August water bill until the rebate is fully expended.

According to Grace Laxa, Maynilad Spokesperson, the 1,841 connections affected will receive the P2,500 rebate.

“Our field personnel will conduct a barangay roadshow to explain the mechanics of the rebate to the customers concerned,” Laxa added.—AAC

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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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