Metro Manila water shortage - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Metro Manila water shortage

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Maynilad, Manila Water warn service interruptions may happen again

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Angat Dam's level remains low, which means Maynilad and Manila Water customers could face yet another round of daily service interruptions

WATER WOES. A volunteer distributes water from a firetruck to residents of Barangay Oranbo, Pasig City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Manila Water says 24-hour supply availability restored 100%

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the Angat Dam 'continues to struggle' to reach the ideal water level, but the company has been able to address its supply deficit

Manila Water narrows supply gap

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Manila Water says it is drawing more supply from its treatment plant in Rizal and from deep wells, and was able to reduce its system loss

As water interruption continues in the Metro, residents of Mandaluyong getting a water supply from Manila Water, June 22, 2019. Angat Dam is now reported in critical low level. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

FALSE: Robredo 'proposes widening pipes' as solution to water crisis

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo never said the water crisis could be solved by widening water pipes

SCHEDULE: Maynilad water interruptions for July 2019

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Here is the schedule of service interruptions for Maynilad customers in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Cavite

SCHEDULE: Manila Water interruptions for July 2019

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Here is the schedule of service interruptions for Manila Water customers in Metro Manila and Rizal

EXPLAINER: It's the rainy season, but why does the water shortage continue?

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite the rain, Metro Manila's main water source is still at critical level

Inflation, water crisis weaken consumer outlook in Q2 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Consumers were pessimistic, but businesses were upbeat for the 2nd quarter of 2019, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas surveys

Solution to Metro Manila's water woes? More dams, says lawmaker

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Bulacan 1st District Representative Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado says more dams may need to be constructed in Quezon, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan

SCHEDULE: Maynilad water interruptions for June 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Here is the schedule of service interruptions for Maynilad customers in Metro Manila, Cavite, and Bulacan

SCHEDULE: Manila Water interruptions for June 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Here is the schedule of service interruptions for Manila Water customers in Metro Manila and Rizal

Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite face water interruptions in June 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) The supply that Manila Water and Maynilad are getting from the Angat Dam is reduced further, leading to water interruptions

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Water is a human right

May 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine government has the obligation to provide water for all. Using private companies to fulfill the right to water does not absolve the government of its obligation.

MWSS slaps Manila Water with P1.13-billion fine for supply crisis

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Manila Water says it will abide by the decision of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

Manila Water laying pipes to get supply from Maynilad

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Pipe laying is being conducted along E Rodriguez Sr Avenue in Quezon City, as Manila Water continues to deal with a supply shortage

Nagsasagawa ang Manila Water ng paglalatag ng linya sa E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. sa Quezon City upang bigyang daan ang “cross-border water sharing” ng tubig mula sa Maynilad. Photo from MWC

[OPINION] Coming soon: Water wars

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Unless we act wisely, we may find out too late that the enemy is not without, but within

FALSE: Mar Roxas urges consumers to suffer through water crisis

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Mar Roxas' camp maintains the claim is 'fake news' and 'completely illogical' for him to say. The page that posts the claim is also unable to provide proof of the quote's source.

Manila Water waives minimum charge for all customers in March

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED Manila Water also announces that it will not charge its 'most severely affected' customers – those without water for 24 hours a day for a week – for the month of March

WATER RATION. Residents of Rodriguez, Rizal queue for a water ration from the local government on March 24, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Pasig City residents share water supply woes

Mar 23, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Rappler goes around Pasig City to ask how a most basic human need – or the lack of it – affects a community

STRUGGLES. People from all walks of life in Pasig City share their experiences and struggles due to the water crisis hitting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal. Photos by Sofia Virtudes, Nicole Del Rosario, Jillian Siervo, and Isabel Lupac/Rappler

PODCAST: Ano ang dapat mong malaman tungkol sa Metro Manila water crisis?

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Walang magawa ang mga residenteng apektado kundi maghanap ng paraan upang makaipon ng tubig na gagamitin sa araw-araw. Paano tayo dumating sa puntong ito?

With their empty water containers, buckets and gallons, Residents of Hilltop, Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City troop to a water rationing site of the local government unit on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The barangay is experiencing water shortage caused by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water and El Niño. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS targets 99% water supply restoration by end of March

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Some of the last 11 barangays still suffering from water shortage are in high areas, making supply restoration there harder, says MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Quezon congressman Suarez wants Kanan, not Kaliwa Dam

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez says building two Kanan dams would 'entail no cost to the government,' unlike getting a loan from China for the Kaliwa Dam

KANAN DAM ADVOCATE. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is against the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte threatens to scrap Manila Water, Maynilad contracts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:03 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte scolds Manila Water and Maynilad executives and threatens to fire MWSS officials during his meeting with them in Malacañang

PRESIDENTIAL IRE. MWSS, Manila Water, and Maynilad officials get a full blast of President Rodrigo Duterte's outrage. Malacañang photo

Duterte to meet with MWSS officials about water shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

MWSS officials will likely be asked to give an update on what has been done to address the water shortage affecting parts of Metro Manila and Rizal, says Malacañang

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a congressional hearing, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

LIVE: Senate probes Manila Water's supply shortage

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Manila Water and government officials will face senators on Tuesday, March 19, at 10 am


Manila Water: Services back to normal by May

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Manila Water CEO Ferdinand dela Cruz says they have restored water supply to 80% of the East Zone, or around one million customers

LIVE: House investigates Manila Water's supply crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The House of Representatives looks into the worst water crisis that struck the capital in recent history

Lawmakers call for refund after Manila Water shortage

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:55 PM

But the company is unable to give a definite answer on this proposal

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The learned helplessness of our water crisis

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:15 AM

We need strategic thinking, not magnanimous confessions of guilt. We need a solution that does not hurt the environment or hand over more power to a foreign loaner.

Robredo on China-funded Kaliwa Dam: Bakit uutang tayo?

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls on the Duterte administration to explain why it is opting for a Chinese loan for the Kaliwa Dam, instead of a public-private partnership

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water’s supply crisis: What we know so far

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The House and Senate are set to launch separate probes into the water crisis. Rappler explains the facts and lists other questions that still need answers.

Draft order places water board directly under Duterte

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

To address the Metro Manila water crisis, a draft executive order places the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) under the Office of the President

WATER EO DRAFTED. The proposed executive order to solve the water crisis will also order the water resources board to craft a national water management master plan. Malacañang photo

Sonny Angara under fire for ‘#ShowerTogether’ tweet amid water crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens are quick to point out the insensitivity of the joke during a water crisis that is affecting not just households, but also businesses, hospitals, and schools

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS: Duterte given wrong advice on Manila Water mess

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Some praise President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to address the water crisis. MWSS, however, says he is ill-advised.

WATER CRISIS. Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, fetch potable water from a water hydrant. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DENR to open previously shut deep wells amid water crisis

Mar 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Given the hazards these deep wells may pose, Antiporda said that these will only be open up to October

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MWSS: Water bypass was never closed

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

MWSS chief regulator Patrick Ty explains that the high demand is still the main reason for the water supply shortage

PROTEST. Millitant groups storm the gates of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, demanding a solution to the water crisis in Metro Manila. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte orders Manila Water, Maynilad to 'release water' from Angat Dam

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:37 PM

President Duterte's order is effective noontime, March 15, 'good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents,' says Malacañang

PROTEST. Militant groups shout water on during a protest outside the MWSS compound in Quezon City on March 15, 2019, to condemn the water criss in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water: Discoloration 'normal' during shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the yellowish water coming out of faucets is not toxic and is safe to use

Manila Water sends 'conspiracy theories' down the drain

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Manila Water communications manager Dittie Galang says the company will never 'compromise the level of service' it gives to customers

House panel to probe water shortage

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The heads of Manila Water and Maynilad, chiefs of government agencies involved in water supply, and mayors of affected cities are being invited to the hearing

WATER WOES. Residents of Barangay Sauyo in Novaliches, Quezon City wait for a water ration from the local government on March 13, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Domino effect: Water crisis causing more trash, hurting businesses

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:55 PM

More plastic spoons and paper plates, limited drinks, disrupted operations. Manila Water's supply woes are causing environmental and economic impact.

Panelo: Manila Water shortage may be 'artificial'

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:34 PM

If reports are true that Angat Dam is not at a critically low level, inefficiency and mismanagement may be to blame for the water crisis in parts of Metro Manila, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, 2019, fetch potable water at a water hydrant in the barangay after experiencing low water pressure or no water supply caused by the operational adjustments to address the continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS on water shortage: It's our fault

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'It's the fault of the government because it is the responsibility of the government to source all this water,' says MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty

WATCH: In hospitals, water woes take shape where lives are at stake

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Hospitals have not been spared by the water shortage hitting parts of Metro Manila. How do doctors and patients cope?

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to assess the water shortage condition of the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LIST: Manila Water service interruption schedule starting March 14, 15

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Water interruptions will last 6 to 21 hours daily, 'until the rainy season sets in'

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 10, 2019, fetch potable water at a water hydrant in the barangay after experiencing low water pressure or no water supply caused by the operational adjustments to address the continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Manila Water: Hospitals will be 'top priority' during shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says Manila Water assured him that hospitals would have enough water supply, given that 'lives are at stake'

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary FrancisCo Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to asses the water shortage at the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Kaliwa Dam to solve Metro Manila water problems – Dominguez

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Kaliwa Dam would cost P12.2 billion to build, with 85% set to be funded by China and the remaining 15% to be shouldered by the Philippines

Red Cross sends water tanks to Rizal Medical Center in Pasig

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Rizal Medical Center in Pasig is among the hospitals hardest hit by the current water crisis

RESCUE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque visits Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, to witness the distribution of water from the Philippine Red Cross and Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang eyes executive order to address water shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) The executive order would establish reforms in agencies that deal with water, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as he assesses the water shortage also hitting hospitals

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The economics of Metro Manila’s burgeoning water crisis

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:06 AM

We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.