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Water in Angat Dam declines from its normal level

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

MANILA – The daily water consumption of Manila Water consumers has increased by 100 million liters so far this year, compared to that of last year.

This is the reason seen by Manila Water as to the quick decline in La Mesa Dam’s water level.

At around 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the water level in La Mesa Dam was 78.39 meters. This is low compared to the normal level of 79.3 meters.

“Kung last year ang production namin due to demand is around 1450 mld daily, ngayon pumapalo na sya ng 1,525-1,550mld daily. So that’s additional 100 million liters a day na demand (If last year our production due to demand was around 1,450 mld daily, now it is around 1,525-1,550mld daily. So that’s additional demand of 100 million liters a day),” La Mesa headworks manager, Teddy Angeles said.

Manila Water will conduct an inspection on the water conduits from Angat Dam to La Mesa Dam to avoid leakage.

Manila water said this will not affect consumers for now. However, if the water level in La Mesa Dam continues to decline, Manila Water may lessen pressure.

“The worst kung magkaroon ng water interruption for rationing pero based on our projections until end of June pa yung 77 mari-reach with by that time siguro umuulan na,” Angeles added. (The worst, if there is water interruption for rationing. But based on our projections, the water level may reach 77 meters until end of June. Perhaps it’ll be rainy that time.)

Manila Water also said there must be additional water sources.

This is to prepare for the succeeding years since water consumption may double.

Manila Water supplies to 6 million households in the east zone of Metro Manila.

Use it wisely, report for any leak  na nakikita nila sa kalye (seen on streets ) or even illegal connection,” Angeles said.

The National Water Resources Board said there is enough water reserve in Angat Dam.

The board  is willing to increase water allocation if needed in La Mesa Dam. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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MWSS: No need for emergency powers to solve water woes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte in April this year castigated executives of the government’s water agency Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires for the widespread water crisis that affected residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Despite this, water problems have not been solved.

Instead, they have worsened as water service interruptions affect not only customers of Manila Water but even the clients of Maynilad as Angat Dam continues to dry up.

But according to MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, there is no need for another meeting with the President to solve the current issue.

“Kahit anong gawin natin, kahit na saan tayo mag-meet, kahit saan, ang kritikal dito ay ang tubig, (Whatever we do, wherever we meet, what’s critical here is water),” noted PDDG. Reynaldo Velasco, the MWSS Administrator.

“(Madadagdagan) ba ang tubig sa Angat? Kahit na sinong superman dito kung hindi talaga uulan walang kakayanin iyan (Can we add water to Angat? Even superman cannot do it unless rains come pouring down),” he added.

The official noted that there is no need to grant the President emergency powers to resolve the problem though such authority can be used to expedite the construction of government projects such as water dams.

“Kung manghihingi tayo ng emergency power, saan tayo kukuha ng tubig? (If we ask for emergency power, where do we get water?) In case we need some emergency power, (it) is for the future, ” Velasco said.

Dams which are under construction include the Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal and Kaliwa Dam in Tanay.

The projects are now facing hurdles especially the bidding process.

The MWSS, meanwhile, appeals to the two water concessionaires to religiously implement the schedule of water service interruptions while it also asks consumers to conserve water and as much as possible store only the enough volume.

“Kasi kapag nag-ipon sila ng sobra doon baka naman maapektuhan ang reservoir ng ating mga concessionaire, (If you store more than enough water, it might affect the supply in concessionaires’ reservoirs,)” Velasco concluded. – with details from Rey Pelayo.

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Angat Dam water level drops further to 159.43 meters

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

File photo: Image of Angat Dam taken on June 21, 2019

Angat Dam water level further dropped from the 160-meter critical level.

From the water level of 159.78 meters last Saturday morning (June 22), it slightly dropped to 159.43 meters as of 6:00 a.m. on Sunday (June 23).

Due to this the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said they will again reduce water allocation in Metro Manila to 36 cubic meters per second (cms).

Customers of water concessionaires in Metro Manila will have to experience longer water supple interruptions.

Maynilad posted on Facebook their advisory on water interruption schedule in several areas. Some of these places will experience water interruption for as long as 15 hours. Manila Water on the other hand can take up to 17 hours.

Both water concessionaires said they will continue implementing water interruptions while waiting for rains that can resolve the problem in Angat Dam.

According to the NWRB, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported that there will be possible rains at Angat Dam by July.

“Base po sa latest projection ng PAGASA ngayong July magkakaroon po ng ,ga significant rainfall sa Angat Water shed but we are hoping that in July dating po ng mas maaga iyan para po, makapabalik na makapag-recharge iyong tubig sa Angat Dam at mag-increase na iyong level (Based on the latest projection of PAGASA this July, there will be a significant rainfall in Angat Water shed but we are hoping that it will come earlier so the Angat Dam can recharge and increase its water level),” according to NWRB Executive Director Dr. Servillo David Jr.

PAGASA estimates that two to three typhoons are needed to fill the Angat Water shed.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Group urges Gov’t to limit water usage in pools, other businesses amid supply woes

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Photo by Nelly Aran from Pexels

MANILA, Philippines – A labor group on Saturday (June 22) called on the national government to intervene in the worsening water supply issues in Metro Manila due to the rapidly dropping water level at Angat Dam.

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) suggested for the government to limit the usage of water-intensive facilities, such as swimming pools and other businesses until the water at Angat dam stabilizes.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Saturday reported that Angat Dam’s water level dropped to 159.78 meters.

“Because water is a basic requirement for the 13 million Metro Manila residents, it must be given priority over the profit margin of businesses,” the group said in a statement.

“To address the intermittent water supply required to households of Metro Manila, government must intercede to limit the water usage of water-intensive facilities and businesses such as golf courses, swimming pools and water fountains,” it added.

The group estimated there are about 15 golf courses in areas covered by both water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, including publicly-owned Veterans and Camp Aguinaldo golf courses in Quezon City and the Army and Navy golf clubs in Fort Bonifacio.

There are also over 10,000 swimming pools all over the metropolis, including water parks, swimming resorts, club houses, indoor pools of condominiums and private pools in posh subdivisions.

“Why should the people stand in line for water rations on a daily basis when the elite consume so much water for their luxuries? Why are the poor again the first to sacrifice during a water crisis when they did not benefit when both Maynilad and Manila Water were brimming with profit,” said BMP leader Leody De Guzman in a statement.

The BMP also called for the suspension of building permits for new businesses which require huge amounts of water until Angat dam water level stabilizes.

The group also called on the government, particularly the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to study the deployment of more radical contingency measures to address the worsening water supply in Metro Manila as its public appeal for water conservation is not enough.

The BMP is also pushing for the reversal of the policy of water privatization that resulted into the concession of the operations of the Metropolitan Wateworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS).

The group claims the privatization of Metro Manila’s water supply did not improve services and sustain the needs of Metro Manila residents.

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