NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   234

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has announced that it will reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga by November.

From the current 30 cubic meters per second, water allocation in farm irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga will be reduced to 17cms.

NWRB Executive Director Servillo David Jr. said this is part of the measure to manage the water supply in the area.

“Sa tingin po natin by November hindi na po ganoon kalaki ang pangangailangan ng tubig sa irigasyon nandoon sila sa malapit nang mag-ani (We think that by November there’s not much need for a lot of water supply in irrigation because they are nearing the harvest season),” he said.

The NWRB also hopes that the water level in Angat Dam will reach 212 meters in the last two months of this year.

This is to fill the needed water supply in Metro Manila and the irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga during the summer of next year.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Maynilad, Manila Water rate to spike in 2020

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services will affect a rate hike in January 2020.

This is at the height of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to review the contract between the government and the two water concessionaires. 

Maynilad and Manila Water will implement around P3.00 per cubic meter price hike.

Add to this is the increase in the Foreign Currency Differential Adjustment (FCDA) and other foreign currencies that the two water concessionaires use in their loan payment.

In 2018, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has approved Maynilad and Manila Water’s rate increase petition.

For Maynilad, the approved rate hike is P5.73 which will be applied on a staggered basis for five years or until 2022.

Manila Water, on the other hand, had been allowed a rate increase of P6.22 to P6.50.

Meanwhile, with the expected rate hike, water service interruption will still be experienced by Maynilad and Manila Water consumers as the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has yet to increase Metro Manila’s water allocation despite the rising water level in Angat Dam.

As of Friday morning, the water level in Angat Dam was at 195.03 meters.

This, however, is still far from the dam’s normal operating level of 210 to 212 meters.

Authorities advise the public to continue to conserve water to maintain sufficient water supply in Angat Dam until the next dry season. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Deep wells eyed to augment water supply in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2019

 Filipinos with no water supply in their districts collect water from an overhead pipe at a refilling area in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 20 July 2010.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has allowed the operation of deep wells while water level in Angat Dam remains below normal.

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said around 40 of all 180 deep wells are functioning across Metro Manila.

These units can add up to 150 million liters to the metropolis’ required daily water requirement.

“Sa ngayon, dahil sa may kakulangang nararansan, ito ay sinusubukang i-activate at i-energize (Because of shortage in supply, we are trying to activate [the deep wells] and re-energize them),” David said.

One deep well, located in Quezon City and supervised by Manila Water, is measured 100 meters deep.

It can fill an entire Olympic size swimming pool in one day.

“Ang tubig po nito galing sa ilalim ng lupa na tinatawag po nating aquifer or ground water (na) nag nagmumula din sa mga katabing ilog or mga lake at galing din po sa pag-ulan natin (The water here comes from below the ground which is called an aquifer or ground water that comes from nearby rivers or lakes and also from collected rainwater),” explained Manila Water Plant Manager Ken Icaro.

Icaro added that the water generated by the deep well is treated through certain equipment to minimize the concentration of minerals such as iron and manganese to a certain point that is acceptable to the Philippine national standards for drinking water.

After treatment, Icaro said, water goes straight to the consumers.

State weather agency PAGASA has already announced that Angat Dam is less likely to refill to normal level by the end of this year.

But the NWRB assured that allocation in Metro Manila will remain at 40 cubic meters per second until next month.

Nevertheless, the agency called on the public to observe proper use of water and as much as possible, recycle, in order to help maintain Angat’s water reserve until the next rainy season. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Angat Dam water level continues to drop

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

The water level at Angat Dam continues to drop from 186.23 meters on Wednesday (October 23) to 185.87m as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (October 24).

READ: NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Due to this, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is aiming to cut water allocations. According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., they want to manage the water supply in case the water level will not reach 212 meters by the end of the year.

“In order to manage iyong supply ngayon just in case na hindi ganoon ka-favorable iyong mga rainfall na darating sa Angat watershed (In order to manage the current supply in case there will be no favorable rainfall at Angat watershed),” he said.

According to PAGASA, rainfalls are still expected in Angat Dam area before the end of the year.

“Pagpasok ng November may mga dalawang bagyo tayong inaasahan diyan (By November, we are expecting two more typhoons),” weather specialist Edgar dela Cruz said.

The NWRB said they plan to conduct cloud seeding operation but that will only slightly increase the water level at Angat Dam.

Meanwhile, the NWRB will launch a campaign for responsible water consumption by November.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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