Water-intensive facilities get enterprising amid water service interruptions

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2019   •   437

MANILA, Philippines – The rotational water service interruptions scheduled by water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, had started in several areas in Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan at dawn on Thursday (October 24).

Maynilad and Manila Water adopted the said measure following the continuing decrease of the water level in Angat Dam.

Read: Maynilad warns of possible water service interruption in coming days

Alongside the residents stocking water for their daily use, owners of water-intensive facilities, such as laundromats and car wash centers, get enterprising to go on business as usual.

Laundry shop crewmembers say water service interruptions create big impact on their business as they need to adjust their operating hours in cases when their stored water in their water tanks would not suffice.

“Halimbawa nung nakaraan ang tubig bumalik siya ng alas tres na ng hapon, so off kami sa umaga tapos mag-oopen kami alas tres na or dos na ang opening namin” Nida Dagtan, a laundryshop staff said.

She also said water service interruptions affect their salaries as daily income wagers, particularly when they have to close their shop earlier than the usual time.

A carwash shop owner, meanwhile, said they have to store water in every way and containers they can so as not to have shortage during business hours, to the extent of securing rainwater catchments.

“Nagsasahod kami sa ulan para dun sa mga lower parts ng sasakyan dun namin ginagamit para makatipid kami ng tubig,” said Regie Echano, a carwash shop owner.

He added that on average, they can service 40 vehicles a day that’s why it is imperative that they have enough stored water.

Water refilling stations, on the other hand, would store water in two large tanks to ensure that they can service their clients even with the shortage.

“Pinupuno na po namin yung tangke para kapag walang tubig, may handa kami. May pambigay sa customer,” said Welmer Estanel, a water refilling station crew.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB), however, advised the public to store water just enough to get by during the hours when the water supply is stalled.

This is so that Maynilad and Manila Water will not run low of water supply very quickly that would result in longer hours of water service interruption.

Based on Maynilad advisory, the areas they cover will experience around 8 to 18 hours of no water services; while Manila Water’s scheduled water interruption in the areas they cover will happen for four to eight hours.  (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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)

Publiko hinikayat na magpalinis ng septic tank upang makaiwas sa sakit

Marje Pelayo   •   July 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hinihikayat ng Maynilad Water Services ang mga customer nito na magpalinis ng kani-kanilang septic tank sa bahay upang makaiwas sa sakit na dulot ng naipong dumi dito. 

Ayon sa kumpanya, nakapakahalaga na mapanatiling malinis ang kapaligiran lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Binigyang diin ng Maynilad ang kahalagahan ng paglilinis ng septic tank isang beses kada limang taon.

“Ito po ay para mapanatili nating malinis ang ating kapaligiran at ang katubigan at maiwasan ang mga sakit tulad ng cholera, diarrhea, leptospirosis saka hepatitis,” pahayag ni John Aldrin Pangan, ang pangulo ng Septage Management Department ng Maynilad.

“Isa po ay para maiwasan rin natin na mag-overflow mga septic tank natin kasi nga puno na po ng sludge,” dagdag nito.

Mula nang pumasok ang buwan ng Hulyo, ibinalik na ng Maynilad ang desludging service nito kasabay ng pagluluwag ng quarantine restrictions sa Metro Manila at sa iba pang lugar.

Subalit maraming customers ang takot na magpaserbisyo sa pangambang magpapasok ng ibang tao sa kanilang bahay na maaring magdala ng virus.

Ngunit tiniyak naman ng Maynilad na nagpapatupad sila ng mahigipit na health and safety protocols sa kanilang mga empleyado na maglilinis ng septic tank. 

Kumpleto ang mga ito ng safety gear gaya ng facemask, face shield at gloves.

Regular din ang disinfection ng kanilang mga sapatos bago pumasok at lumabas ng bahay ng customer. 

Gayundin ay regular na nililinis ang hose at tanke na kanilang ginagamit upang makatiyak na walang nakakapit na virus. 

“Noon nag-resume po kami ng July, expected na po namin na mababa kaya po as much as possible gusto po namin maibalik,” ani Pangan. 

“Kaya po namin ginawa ang new normal protocols. Tinitiyak po namin na safe po magpalinis ng inyong septic tank,” dagdag nito.

Ayon sa Maynilad, walang babayaran ang mga customer na mapapalinis ng septic tank basta’t pasok ito sa schedule na isang beses sa loob ng limang taon.

Samantala, ang Manila Water naman ay hindi pa rin naibabalik ang kanilang disludging services sa mga customer mula nang ipairal ang enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Ito’y dahil hinhintay pa ng Manila Water ang clerance mula sa ilang lokal na pamahalaan.

Ang mga makokolektang waste material gaya ng solid waste ay dadalhin sa mga planta upang gawing fertilizer habang dadaan naman sa treatment ang tubig upang malinis at muling mapakinabangan. MNP (sa ulat ni Joan Nano)

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