Residents in Taytay, Rizal fight over water supply amid week-long shortage
Aileen Cerrudo • March 29, 2019 • 1547
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)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has warned to take up drastic actions against water concessionaires in Metro Manila if water shortage worsens, Malacañang said Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the lack of action on the part of Maynilad and Manila Water may be a factor in the measures that the president may take on the problem.
These measures, according to Panelo, may include revocation of contracts to operate, and to make water concessionaires “accountable” if they are found at fault in the situation.
“I supposed the fact that they have not undertaken corrective measures that will prevent the evolution of the incoming crisis again would be a factor that would make the president decide on drastic action against them” he told reporters.
Water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water have scheduled rotational water service disruptions starting last Oct. 24 to manage the supply from the main water supplier for Metro Manila, Angat Dam.
The water disruption lasts between four to ten hours for Manila Water consumers, and eight to 18 hours for Maynilad customers.
Water utility firms have explained it implemented rotational supply cuts to avoid a bigger problem with water supply next year.
“Kung magpapatuloy tayo na ibibigay natin yung parehong service level at hindi tayo magpapatupad ng water interruptions mas madaling bababa yung level ng Angat,” Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.
Based on the monitoring of state weather bureau, as of 6 a.m. Oct. 28, the water level at Angat dam is at 185.28 meters, slightly lower than the 185.41 meters recorded on Oct. 27.
There are only five meters left before it dips to its minimum operating level of 180 meters. The dam’s water elevation has consistently declined in the past few weeks due to lack of heavy rainfall that could raise its reserves.
Manila Water has expressed support for the planned construction of Kaliwa Dam which is seen to help allocate additional 600 million liters of water per day to Metro Manila.
“Itong Kaliwa Dam is something that we welcome, in fact, hindi lamang Kaliwa dam any other source of water na pwedeng mapagkunan ng additional sources of water supply for the next years,” Sevilla said.
However, the project construction has yet to start as the government is still in the process of reviewing its plan after receiving complaints regarding its implementation.
The Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System is looking at the Wawa Calawis project and the East Bay Water Supply project to improve the water supply in Metro Manila.
The Wawa Calawis project is seen to ensure water security in the metropolis as it can deliver 80 million liters per day, while the East Bay Water Supply project may be able to supply 50 million liters per day.
But these projects may become operational by 2022.
While waiting for completion, consumers in Metro Manila are urged to conserve water to manage the current supply from Angat dam and avoid a bigger problem during dry season next year. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
More than 200,000 Maynilad customers will be of no water supply for 10 days, beginning on September 27.
This will be due to the temporary suspension of operation of the Putatan Water Treatment Facility in Muntinlupa.
Maynilad Water Services Incorporated on Tuesday (September 24) said service improvement works are needed to be done in the plant to increase the amount of water the company supplies to its customers.
Maynilad Operations Head Ronald Padua said from the current 100-million liters per day (MLD) of water it produces from the Laguna Lake, the water concessionaire plans to upgrade it to 150-MLD.
The company believes the service improvement work which will take place from September 27 to October 7 will be a big help in preparing for any water supply crisis that might happen in the future.
“Para mangyari yun, kailangan namin i-shutdown po temporarily yung Putatan Plant 2 sa loob ng 10 araw. At inaasahan namin after that ay kaya na po naming i-operate ito at full capacity of 150 MLD,” explained Padua.
With this activity, customers from the cities of Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa, and several towns of Cavite.
“Lumalabas sa loob ng 10 araw dahil average 9 hours yung supply availability meaning po merong 15 hours na interrupted or wala silang tubig everyday,” Padua added.
Customers in these areas are advised to store water that will be enough to sustain them during the hours when the service interruption is in effect or there is no water supply.
Maynilad will post on its Facebook and Twitter accounts the affected barangays and the schedule of the water supply interruption.
Maynilad also made an assurance that its customers will not be charged for the service improvement expenses to be incurred in this project. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
Residents in Brazil’s vast Mato Grosso state were battling blazes spreading in dry brush while Brazil’s military arrived at a remote jungle location to fight the fires that continue to plague the South American nation and threaten the world’s largest rainforest: the Amazon.
As fires spread through dry vegetation and threatened a local farm near Agua Boa in Mato Gross on Wednesday (September 04), local resident Francicles Niatslovs told Reuters a water truck fighting the flames, “but we can’t keep up, its all burning.”
The number of blazes in Brazil has skyrocketed 80% in the year to date compared to the same period in 2018, according to data from space research agency INPE.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s military on Wednesday was aiding efforts to combat the blazes in a remote area of Amazonas state. Military personnel joined firefighters spraying smoldering logs to prevent fires from restarting and spreading.
On August 24, Brazil’s joint military chief said that the country has some 44,000 troops stationed in its northern Amazon region that available to combat forest fires and could send more from elsewhere in the country. (REUTERS)
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