Water Transmission Project that will give clean and safe supply in Metro Manila, to be conducted in Bulacan
admin • May 27, 2016 • 1648
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the unveiling ceremony of the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project in Ipo Dam, Norzagaray, Bulacan on Thursday (May 26). (Photo by Benjamin Basug / Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañan Photo Bureau)
BULACAN, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III led the unveiling ceremony of the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project (AWTIP) in Ipo Dam, Norzagaray, Bulacan.
President Aquino said the project aims to edify the three tunnels of the dam that have been used for 75 years now supplying water to Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan and other parts of Cavite.
The Asian Development Bank allotted 3.3 billion pesos for the project.
The new tunnel will be constructed from Ipo to Bigti, Norzagaray and it has a length of 6.4km and a design capacity of 19 meters per second.
It can supply up to 1,600 million liters of water daily to 14 million consumers in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces.
“This month, the details and designs of the project will be started as well as the pre-construction activities. All of these are part of the water security legacy program for the continuous expansion and long term water service,” Pres. Aquino said in his message during the unveiling ceremony of the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project.
Through this project, the transmission of raw water material is improved and will eventually reach the consumers clean.
“Transmission line would be ensured to function continuously, and supply would be dependable, sustainable and clean safe water,” Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrometeorology Division advises residents in some parts of Bulacan to take caution amid the continuous spilling operations at Ipo Dam.
As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 14), the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.72 meters.
The dam management continues to conduct spilling operations with one gate open and thus, PAGASA advised residents in low-lying areas and those living near the riverbanks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, and Hagonoy to be alert for possible increase in water level.
PAGASA assured that it will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of Ipo Dam along with the Dam management for updates.
MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad Water Services on Thursday said some of its customers may experience service interruption due to high turbidity level of raw water amid the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
“Tumaas ang turbidity level o paglabo ng raw water mula sa IPO DAM dulot ng malakas na pag-ulan na dala ng Typhoon Ulysses. Para masigurong maayos pa rin ang quality ng tubig na inyong matatanggap, kailangang magbawas ng production ang aming water treatment plants,” Maynilad said in an advisory.
The water concessionaire said it is closely monitoring the quality of raw water from Ipo Dam amid heavy rains. It assured that water services in affected areas will return to normal once it improves.
It also advised customers to allow water to run through until the water is clear once the service resumes.
“Kung bumalik na ang water service sa inyong area, padaluyin muna ang tubig nang panandalian hanggang sa luminaw ito. Mag-ipon ng tubig para may magamit sakaling magkaroon ulit ng emergency interruption,” it said.
Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.
The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.
Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.
This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.
“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.
The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.
They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.
Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.
“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.
To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.
Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.
As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.
Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
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