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
Water rate hike to push through next month
MANILA, Philippines – Increase in water rates beginning month of November will push through after the water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water decided to defer their respective arbitration case from the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
“Both parties are talking right now and have agreed in principle to temporarily suspend the arbitration case,” said MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty.
Last week, the MWSS announced its plan to suspend the implementation of the water rate hike due to the pending arbitration case filed by Maynilad seeking to collect corporation income tax from consumers. The said petition was denied by the Regulatory Board.
“Hindi po pwede i-pass on ang income tax sa publiko dahil ito po hindi kasama sa business tax, ayon sa concession agreement only business tax is recoverable so hindi kasama ang income tax sa business tax,” Ty explained.
Based on the approved water rate adjustment, Maynilad will add P6.22/cu.m while Manila Water will add P5.73/cu.m to consumers’ billing on a staggered basis until 2022. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)
MWSS Approved Rates:
Maynilad | Manila water
October 2018 P0.90 | P1.46
January 2020 P1.95 | P2.00
January 2021 P1.95 | P2.00
January 2022 P0.93 | P0.76-P1.04
Water level in major dams in Luzon on the rise amid rains
Photo captured by Charisse Cuaresma Laguerder yesterday in San Roque Dam located at Brgy. Cayanga Bugallon, Pangasinan
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Water level in major dams in Luzon continue to rise as multiple weather systems affect the country.
As of 6:00 a.m. Monday (July 23), Angat Dam’s water level in Bulacan rose by one meter from 195.8m on Sunday to 196.8m today.
At La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, water level rose to 76.03m today from 75.86m yesterday.
Water level at Ambuklao and Binga Dams exceeded critical level which prompted the opening of gates to facilitate release.
Ambuklao Dam in Benguet recorded an increase in water level by 0.76m from 750.26m yesterday to 751.02m today. Three of the dam’s gates remain open at a height of 1.5m.
Binga Dam in Agno River, also in Benguet, has recorded an increase in water reserve by almost a meter from 573.26m yesterday to 574.24m today. Four of the dam’s gates also remain open at a height of 4m.
Meanwhile, an embankment dam in Agno River, the San Roque Dam recorded the highest increase of 3.68m from 263.10m yesterday to 266.78m today.
Nueva Ecija’s Pantabangan Dam marked an increase of 1.32m from 191.28m yesterday to 192.6m today.
Magat Dam’s level in Cagayan has rose by 1.09m from 185.80m yesterday to 186.89m today while water level in Caliraya Dam in Lumban, Laguna also increased by 1.05m from 286.71m yesterday to 287.76m today. — Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo
MWSS approves water rate hike
(PHOTOVILLE International / Apolinar Espos)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has approved the increase in water rates of Maynilad and Manila Water effective next month.
The rate increase is due to the Foreign Currency Differential Adjustment (FCDA), a mechanism for adjusting water rates as a result of the fluctuation in the foreign exchange rates which concessionaires impose to regain revenue losses. FCDA varies every quarter of the year.
Strong peso against a dollar and other currencies cause the FCDA to drop while a weaker peso means an increase in FCDA.
“Alam po natin na bumaba ang peso compared sa dollar ang nangyayari po ngayon tumataas ang FCDA so may adjustment po tayo this month,” said MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty
Manila Water customers will have an additional P1.58 per cubic meter to an average basic charge of P36.40. This is equivalent to P5.21 additional charge to a consumption of 10 cubic meters per month, and P23.59 to a consumption of 30 cubic meters per month.
Meanwhile, Maynilad customers will have an additional P0.26 per cubic meter increase to an average basic charge of P48.03. This is equivalent to additional P0.23 for every 10 cubic meter consumption per month, and P1.75 additional charge to 30 cubic meters per month consumption.
The water rate increase will take effect beginning July 1, 2018. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo