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 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
NWRB to increase Metro Manila’s water allocation
(PHOTOVILLE International / Apolinar Espos)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Despite the extreme hot weather, Angat Dam’s water level remains high at 194.3 meters which is 14 meter higher than its required level of 180 meters.
According to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Angat Dam’s water reserve is still enough to supply the overall domestic needs of the entire Metro Manila and irrigation in nearby areas in Luzon this dry season.
However, water level in La Mesa Dam is now critical due to increase in demand considering the extreme hot temperature.
“Idagdag mo pa na summer ngayon so ang consumption o ang demand ng regular customer natin ay mataas. Tapos peak siya ng summer wala pa masyadong ulan,” Jeric Sevilla of water concessionaire Manila Water.
(The summer season increases water consumption of regular customers. It’s the peak of summer, it hardly rains.)
Manila Water has reduced water pressure to its clients to prevent supply interruptions. This affects areas on higher grounds such as Marikina, San Mateo and Montalban in Rizal.
To address supply deficiency, Manila Water will request additional allocation from NWRB. This will be in addition to the 4,000 million liters per day that NWRB is supplying to two water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water.
Still, the NWRB calls on the public to help conserve water to prevent depletion of supply in the country’s water reservoirs.
“Mayroon ding responsibilidad ang mga kababayan natin na kahit nakahanda tayong magbigay ng karagdagang alokasyon, maganda na maging responsable sa paggamit ng tubig,” Sevillo David, the executive director of NWRB said.
(Even though we are prepared to give additional allocation, the public should also be responsible in their consumption.)
NWRB is expecting the early onset of rainy season, as forecasted by the weather agency PAGASA. This, according to NWRB, will be a big help to replenish the supply in Angat Dam and other major reservoirs. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue