Philippine economy

EXPLAINER: It’s the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?
Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level


MANILA, Philippines – A few weeks into the rainy season, Metro Manila is still suffering from a water shortage.

It’s been months since the nation’s capital first faced a water crisis unheard of in a decade, with concessionaires scheduling service interruptions to manage supply. The Angat Dam supplies most of Metro Manila’s water needs. It went below critical level prompting the National Water Resources Board to reduce the water allocation of private concessionaires Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water.

State weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday, July 2, that the water level in Angat Dam moved a notch above critical level – at 160.29 meters, the first time since the water level dropped to 160 meters on June 22. 

This is still a far cry from the normal level which is at 180 meters.

Watch this video explainer.