Rotational water interruption to begin on October 24

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019   •   673

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Water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, will implement rotational water interruptions beginning on Thursday (October 24) due to the low water level at Angat Dam.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday (October 23), the water level at Angat Dam dropped from 186.46 on Tuesday (October 22) meters to 186.22 m.

The water concessionaires already announced the areas which will be affected by the rotational water interruption on their official Facebook page.

According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Chairman Reynaldo Velasco, they want to avoid the water crisis that happened in the previous months.

“Baka wala tayong tubig sa summer kapag hindi nagdagdagan iyong Angat Dam, so parang iyong measure is to lengthen the capacity of Angat to be able to supply until summer ulit and then hoping next year wala nang El Niño (We might not have water supply in the summer if the water level in Angat Dam does not improve. So the measure is to lengthen the capacity of Angat to be able to supply water until the summer. Hopefully, next year there will be no more El Niño),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

MWSS orders Maynilad, Manila Water to implement 30-day grace period, installment plan for ECQ, MECQ bills

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Wednesday told concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to grant their customers a 30-day grace period and three-month installment plan to settle bills that fall due within the tighter community quarantine periods.

In a press release, the MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) said the directive is “in solidarity with the spirit and intentions of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).”

The grace period will cover bills that fall due within the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ periods.

The MWSS RO also directed water distributors to implement a three-month installment scheme for all cooperatives; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME); and domestic customers after the grace period.

“The said directives will provide customers ample time to update payments for water bills that fell due within the 04 to 18 August 2020 MECQ period without incurring interests, penalties and other charges,” the agency said.

It can be recalled that Metro Manila and nearby areas were reverted to MECQ in August in response to the call of the medical community for a “time out” amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

“The MWSS RO assures the public that it will do everything in its mandate to protect their welfare and provide the assistance they need to alleviate the financial burden brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” the MWSS said.

Maynilad, Manila Water rates to go down starting Oct. 1 – MWSS

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Customers in Metro Manila may expect decreased water bills next month following the approval of quarterly adjustment for the concessionaires, Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Regulatory Office (RO) announced.

In a statement on Tuesday, the MWSS-RO said the agency’s Board of Trustees has recently approved the recommendation to implement the 2020 fourth quarter Foreign Currency Differential Adjustment (FCDA) effective Oct. 1, 2020.

The FCDA is a quarterly-reviewed tariff mechanism that allows concessionaires to recover losses or give back gains arising from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, as payments are made for foreign currency-denominated loans that are used to fund the expansion and improvement of water and sewerage services.

It is a corrective mechanism formulated by the MWSS RO to avoid under recovery or over recovery caused by forex movements.

The MWSS said the Manila Water, which services the east zone concession area, will implement an FCDA of 1.17% or P0.33 per cubic meter of its 2020 average basic charge of P28.52 per cubic meter.

“This is a downward adjustment of Php0.15 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of Php0.48 per cubic meter,” the agency added.

The rate adjustment translates to a decrease of P0.78 per month for Manila Water’s residential customers consuming 10 cubic meters or less.

Those consuming 20 cubic meters and 30 cubic meters per month are expected to have their bills go down by P1.73 and P3.52, respectively.

West zone concessioner Maynilad, on the other hand, will apply an FCDA of -0.26% of its 2020 Average Basic Charge of P36.24 per cubic meter or negative P0.09 per cubic meter.

“This is also a downward adjustment of P0.01 per cubic meter from the previous FCDA of negative P0.08 per cubic meter,” the MWSS said.

This adjustment means that Maynilad residential customers consuming 10 cubic meters or less are expected to see their monthly bills go down by P0.06.

Those consuming 20 cubic meters per month and 30 cubic meters per month are expected to have a decrease of P0.24 and P0.50, respectively on their bills this coming quarter, the MWSS said.

Maynilad announces water supply interruption in 4 areas from September 17-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2020

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…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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)

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