Water service interruptions to continue in some areas on Nov. 13 – Maynilad

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2020   •   366

MANILA, Philippines – Some areas in Metro Manila and nearby areas will continue to experience water service interruptions amid issues on water quality following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Maynilad Water Services Inc. said Friday.

In an advisory, Maynilad said raw water entering their treatment plants continues to be turbid or murky because of suspended particulates.

“We regret that we will not be able to normalize water supply for our affected customers until rains over the Ipo watershed stop and the turbidity level goes down to manageable levels,” the company said in its advisory.

Maynilad on Thursday announced areas that will have experience water supply issues due to the effects of the typhoon. Its earlier advisory indicated that the service interruption would only last until Friday morning.

But in the latest advisory posted on its Facebook page, the utility firm said it had to update the schedule of interruptions due to the still high turbidity levels.

The service interruption affecting the following areas is now scheduled from Nov. 13 “until further notice”:

  • Quezon City
  • Navotas
  • Valenzuela
  • Parañaque
  • Muntinlupa
  • Caloocan
  • Las Piñas
  • Makati
  • Pasay
  • Manila
  • Imus, Cavite
  • Bacoor Cavite
  • Cavite City

“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsasagawa ng operational adjustment ng aming personnel upang maibalik sa normal ang supply ng tubig sa lalong madaling panahon,” Maynilad said.

Maynilad warns customers against unauthorized agents collecting payments

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020

Maynilad is warning its customers against unauthorized agents going door-to-door to collect payments.

The water concessionaire received reports from customers about individuals visiting their homes, posing as Maynilad employees, and asking for payment. Reports also said these alleged employees would threaten customers of having their water supply cut if they do not pay.

ABISO SA CUSTOMERSNapag-alaman namin na may ilang tao ang nagpapanggap na Maynilad employee o authorized collecting…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Maynilad reminds its customers that no individuals, not even Maynilad employees and its service providers, are not authorized to collect payments. Only authorized channels provided on the water concessionaire’s website are allowed to collect payments. AAC

Caloocan, Valenzuela, Quezon City to experience water service interruption until Dec. 7

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Maynilad announced that water service interruption in several areas in Caloocan, Valenzuela, and Quezon City beginning Saturday (December 5) until December 7 at 4:00 a.m.

Meycauayan and Obando, Bulacan also experienced water interruption around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Maynilad said the water interruption was due to the low water production at La Mesa Treatment Plant 2. This is also to give way to maintenance work.

Pansamantalang ibababa ang water production ng La Mesa Treatment Plant 2 simula mamayang gabi upang bigyang-daan ang…

Posted by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. on Friday, December 4, 2020

Maynilad also warned of discoloration in the water supply. Customers are advised to cover their faucets with cloth to filter the water once services return on December 7. AAC

House probe on Ulysses’ floods to focus on finding solutions – Velasco

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday said he wants the panel investigation on the severe flooding that submerged parts of Cagayan and Isabela areas to focus more on coming up with long-term solutions to prevent deaths and economic costs in future disasters.

Velasco issued the statement as the House Committee on Agriculture and Food sets to conduct its probe on Tuesday.

Velasco said the purpose of the probe is to establish facts that could lead to corrective actions, and not to find fault on concerned individuals and agencies.

“We hope to hear everyone’s side and get a clearer picture of the events that transpired when Typhoon Ulysses struck and caused widespread flooding in Luzon,” Velasco said.

“The aim here is to come up with solutions and legislation, if needed, to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives and properties during typhoons,” he added.

Velasco said the congressional hearing will also focus on how to better address proper protocols and preparedness even before a natural disaster strikes.

“There will be more typhoons that will come our way, and we have to become better at preparations and in handling situations that call for sound judgment to prevent deaths and loss of properties from happening,” he said.

The panel has invited officials of the National Irrigation Administration and the local governments of Cagayan and Isabela for the hearing on Tuesday.

The inquiry was called by Velasco, together with Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, through House Resolution No. 1348 into the cause of massive flooding that submerged the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela.

The country was hit by a series of typhoons – Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses – from late October to early November this year.

Ulysses caused heavy damages to infrastructure and agriculture and claimed 73 lives. The typhoon also affected thousands of families in parts of Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

 The entire Luzon has been placed under a state of calamity following the onslaught of recent typhoons.

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