Residents in Taytay, Rizal fight over water supply amid week-long shortage
Aileen Cerrudo • March 29, 2019 • 2322
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Tensions are rising as several residents of Brgy. Muzon in Taytay, Rizal continue to suffer zero water supply for over a week.
According to Barangay Chairman Frank Luster Santos, residents are becoming aggressive towards local authorities and at each other over rations from Manila Water.
“Ang problema lang hinaharang ng mga tao mismo [trak ng tubig]. Kung haharangin po nila at inaaway po kami, pati ang Manila Water po ay inaaway din po (The problem is, residents are trying to corner the truck of water. When we block them, they turn on us and the personnel of Manila Water),” he said.
One of the residents, Fatima Co said the ration delivered by Manila Water doesn’t even reach their area.
“Pero member din naman kami ng Manila Water. Kung sino ang malakas iyon ang maano, paano kami doon sa dulo, wala na. Hindi na kami nadadatnan ng tubig, (We are members of Manila Water too, but only those with personal connections to influential people get water first. What about us, nothing is left for us)” she said.
Co adds they have been experiencing water interruptions for a month.
Meanwhile, in a text a message to UNTV, Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said that barangay Muzon continue to experience lack of water supply because of their steep location.
“We hope to improve the water supply situation in the next few days after the completion of the testing of the booster and pipe,” he said
Residents like Co had no choice but to collect water from a nearby spring.
However, the line to the spring is also long. There is also no assurance that it is safe to drink. Residents use the water for laundry and bath. But, according to some residents, if left with no choice, they would use it for drinking too.
Other residents would also pay someone just to carry heavy water containers uphill. They pay P5 to P120 depending on the water containers to be carried.
Hermy Obinguar, one of the residents, said their dilemma forces them to have unnecessary expenses.
“Ang budget sira. Imbis naipangbilina lang ng ulam, pagkain, ibabayad pa namin para buhatinangtubignamin, (Our budget is ruined. Instead of buying food, we pay someone just to carry our water),” he said.
Barangay Chairman Santos said they are trying to resolve the water problem but all they can do for now is remind residents to conserve water.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)
Maynilad Water Services Inc. has announced that several areas in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, and Cavite will experience weak water pressure or no water supply between 10:00 p.m. on September 17 and 7:00 a.m. of September 19.
Maynilad said they will temporarily close the Putatan Water Treatment Plant 1 in Muntinlupa City to conduct maintenance and upgrades for the said facility. The water concessionaire will also conduct several enhancement activities in the pipe network in Cavite.
Pansamantalang isasara ng Maynilad ang Putatan Water Treatment Plant 1 sa Muntinlupa City upang magsagawa ng maintenance…
Maynilad Water Supply Operations head Ronald Padua assured that water tanks will be available to supply water to affected residents.
“Makakakuha po sila ng tubig para sa pangangailangan nila sa mag-hapon at the same time kaya po ngayon pa lang ay nag-aanunsyo na kami para magkaroon ng pagkakataon mga customers namin na makapagipon,” he said. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water assured the public on Thursday (March 12) that water supply remains sufficient amid ongoing health crisis due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The water companies noted, however, that regular water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby areas will still be in effect to ensure even distribution of water reserve in Angat Dam.
Health experts are constantly reminding the public of proper hand washing and other hygienic measures to combat COVID-19.
Specifically, washing of hands for 20 seconds is the best way recommended.
As dry season draws near, government experts are concerned of the depleting water supply in Angat Dam, the main source of domestic water for Metro Manila and nearby areas.
Thus, water concessionaires need to sustain service interruptions given that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has not forecast any possibility of sudden rainfall for next month.
“Meron tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers, (We have enough rations for our customers,)” noted Maynilad’s Assistant Manager for Media Relations Grace Laxa.
“Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila kung iyong oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar. Magipon sila ng sapat para sa kanila, (But we advise them to store enough water based on schedule. Store only what is enough for your needs,)” she added.
Meanwhile, Manila Water said they opted to impose service interruption in the evening so as not to affect their customers during peak hours in the morning.
“So ibig sahihin nito for most times of the day ay meron tayong tubig, (Meaning for most times of the day we will have water,)” explained Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.
“So lahat ng gawaing bahay including disinfection, iyong madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay (ay gawin na) kasi iyan ang panahon na kumbaga labas pasok sa bahay ay may tubig, (So everything that you need to do like disinfection, proper hand washing, do it because that’s the time running water is available,)” he added.
Apart from rotational water service interruptions, water companies will also carry on with pipe repairs and additional deep well operations to augment water supply.
Amid the ongoing health crisis, the two water concessionaires appeal to their customers not to hoard water so as not to result into a more serious problem. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
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