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Water in Angat Dam declines from its normal level

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   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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NWRB to increase Metro Manila’s water allocation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

(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

 

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Lower water rates to be implemented in July

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Water bills are placed on top of a water meter in a file photo.

Water bills are placed on top of a water meter in a file photo.

Starting next month, there will be a reduction in water rates of Maynilad and Manila Water.

The two concessionaires will implement a 1-centavo reduction to all their customers.

The Metropolitan Manila Water and Sewerage System based the reduction on the foreign currency diffrential adjustment (FCDA).

FCDA is a mechanism granted to Maynilad and Manila Water to recover or refund gains based on the movement of dollar, yen and euro.

When the peso strengthens against the dollar, the FCDA goes down. If the FCDA goes up, the peso depreciates.

“There is a slight adjustment in the FCDA because there is also a slight movement of peso versus the dollar and yen,” explained MWSS chief regulator Joel Yu.

Maynilad said, even if it is just a centavo, it is still good news to all their consumers.

“But even if the adjustment is small, it is still a reduction to the bill of consumers,” Maynilad COO Randolph Estrellado said.

For Maynilad customers that consume 10 cubic meter every month, there will be a 2-centavo decrease, for 20 cubic meter, 11 centavos, for 30 cubic meter, 20 centavos.

For customers of Manila Water that consume 10 cubic meter per month, there will be a 2-centavo reduction, for 20 cubic meter, 6 centavos, for 30 cubic meters, 13 centavos.

Manila water supplies water in Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Pateros, Taguig, Marikina and some parts of Quezon City and Rizal province.

Maynilad supplies water to Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Caloocan, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon.

(MON JOCSON/UNTV NEWS)

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Customer complains of P30,000 water bill

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016

The actual water bill that amounts to P30,000 (left). A faucet that has leak is pictured in a photo (right). (UNTV NEWS)

The actual water bill that amounts to P30,000 (left). A faucet that has leak is pictured in a photo (right).
(UNTV NEWS)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Mang Roger of Brgy. San Martin de Porres in Cubao, Quezon City was stunned when he received his bill last January.

It amounted to P30,000 when the highest bill he has ever paid for so far was P4,000.

An inspection was conducted in his water line but no irregularities have been found.

“They want us to pay p30,000. We said, “why are to going to pay 30,000 when we did not consume it.” We have no such bill. We are not commercial instead residential,” complained Mang Roger.

The UNTV News reported this matter to the head office of Manila Water.

They found out that an interchange reading occurred.

“We have confirmed that there was an interchange reading. We are fixing the reading now to correct it for the next reading. At the same time we are updating the payment of our customer,” Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla explained.

And Manila Water has also found out that previous billing of Mang Roger has an excess of more than P3,000.

“We cannot directly refund the paid amount but it will be applied in the subsequent billing,” Revilla said.

Manila Water said, most of the excessive billing cases were due to the leaks.

And also illegal connection.

A simple leakage may add around 20-50 pesos to your monthly bill.

Manila Water advises their customers to report and irregular billing to their hotline 1627.

(REY PELAYO/UNTV NEWS)

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