MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Water interruptions hit Metro Manila and nearby areas beginning Tuesday night, June 18, as the water level of the Angat Dam continued to drop.
Schedules for the water interruptions, however, were not released ahead of time. Manila Water only released its schedule at around 8:30 pm on Tuesday, while Maynilad Water Services released its own past 10 am on Wednesday, June 19.
On the Facebook pages of the concessionaires, some customers complained they already lost water supply hours earlier, so they did not have time to prepare.
In an advisory on Tuesday afternoon, Manila Water had only said it will “implement a new scheme of rotational water service interruptions for the entire East Zone for about 8 to 12 hours during nighttime.”
Manila Water handles the East Zone or parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, while Maynilad handles the West Zone or parts of Metro Manila and Cavite.
Maynilad said on Wednesday that it has measures in place, “including the extension of operating hours of [its] pumping stations and reactivation of deep wells.”
“If necessary, Maynilad will send out mobile water tankers and install static water tanks for severely affected areas,” it added.
The latest round of water interruptions comes as the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) decided to reduce its allocation for the concessionaires from 46 cubic meters per second (CMS) to 40 CMS.
“This is to lessen the significant effect of limited water supply in the coming days,” the NWRB said.
The Angat Dam’s water level dipped to 161.78 meters as of 6 am on Tuesday. According to the NWRB, the dam is expected to hit its critical level of 160 meters within the next 3 days.
“This will affect water supply going to our treatment plants and consequently, our ability to refill our reservoirs,” Manila Water said.
While the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration declared the start of the rainy season last Friday, June 14, the amount of rainfall is still not enough to boost the water level of the Angat Dam. (READ: TIPS: How to conserve water) – Rappler.com
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