Manila Water eyes service adjustments as Angat dam nears the critical level

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2019   •   1769

File photo: Image of Angat Dam taken on May 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – East Zone concessionaire Manila Water Company Inc. hinted at the possibility of implementing rotational water service interruptions as the water level in Angat dam continues to drop despite recent rains.

In an advisory posted on Facebook Sunday, the Manila Water said the Angat dam level has further dipped and is nearing the critical level of 160 meters.

As of 6 a.m. on Monday (June 17), Angat’s water level is at 162.39 meters.

“As a result, Manila Water may need to make further operational adjustments affecting water supply for our customers,” the Manila Water said.

Water level in Angat Dam continues to decline and is nearing the low critical level of 160 meters (162.78m as of June…

Posted by Manila Water on Sunday, 16 June 2019

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has declared the start of the rainy season last week.

But even with the recent rains, according to Manila Water, the water level at the Angat Dam remains low.

If this continues, the company said it may be forced to implement contingency measures to manage the limited water supply.

“Maaari po kaming magpatupad muli ng mga ‘rotational water service interruptions’ sa buong East zone,” its advisory read.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) earlier announced it has reduced the allocation for Metro Manila from 48 cubic meters per second to 46 CBS for the month of June due to lower water levels at Angat Dam.

READ: Water interruptions loom as NWRB cuts allocation for Metro Manila

With the dwindling water supply, consumers were advised to brace for possible water interruptions.

The Manila Water expressed hope that the situation will improve once there is enough rainwater to fill up dams.

It also assured to regularly post updates on water supply condition on its social media accounts.

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc., for its part, said it also implemented water interruptions from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. when water usage is usually low.

The limited water supply will especially affect consumers in elevated areas.

MWSS, nagtakda na ng deadline sa pagbabayad ng water bill

Robie de Guzman   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagtakda na ng deadline ang Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) para sa pagbabayad ng water bills na halos tatlong buwang naipon dahil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine.

Sa panayam ng UNTV program na Serbisyong Bayanihan ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty na mayroong hanggang Hulyo 31 para magbayad ng bill ang mga kumukonsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa kada buwan.

Ang mga gumagamit naman ng tubig na mahigit sa 10 cubic meters kada buwan ay may palugit hanggang Agosto 31.

Pagpapauna ni Ty, asahan na ng mga consumer ang bahagyang pagtaas ng bill lalo’t panahon ngayon ng tag-init at marami ang nasa loob ng kani-kanilang mga tahanan kaya mataas ang konsumo sa tubig.

“Sana maintindihan natin, itong water bill na ito halos lahat sa mga consumer ay ito po yung water bill nila for March, April and May. During summer season din po ito, so mas mainit, mas madami ang consumption ng mga tao at alam natin since work from home halos lahat consumer,” aniya.

Nilinaw naman  ng opisyal na puwede namang utay-utayin ng mga consumer ang pagbabayad sa bill nila sa Manila Water at Maynilad.

Sinabi rin ni Ty na sa Hunyo 1 pa magsisimulang magbasa ng metro at maglalabas ng bill ang Maynilad at Manila Water.

Sa Agosto 1 naman sisimulan ng dalawang water concessionaires ang pamumutol sa serbisyo ng mga hindi makapagbabayad ng kanilang bill para sa mga kumu-konsumo ng 10 cubic meters pababa.

Setyembre 1 naman ang schedule ng service disconnection para sa mahigit 10 cubic meters ang konsumo bawat buwan.

Tiniyak naman ng MWSS na wala pa silang ipinatutupad na anumang adjustment sa singil ng tubig sa gitna ng umiiral na community quarantine.

“Importante sa atin na wala pong bills shock ayaw po natin na magulat ang ating mga consumers na bigla nalang lalaki ang kanilang water bill,” ani Ty. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

No reduction in Metro Manila water allocation until June — NWRB

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Water allocation in Metro Manila will not be cut until the month of June, according to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

Specifically, the allocation of water supply in Metro Manila from Angat Dam remains at 46 cubic meters per second in May and June. 

The agency wants to ensure that households will get enough water, especially while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in effect so that residents can maintain cleanliness and proper hygiene to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection.

Meanwhile, the PAGASA-DOST reported a continuous drop in Angat Dam’s water level. 

As of Thursday morning (May 7), the Dam’s water level was at 189.29 meters, a drop of .19 meters from 189.48 on Wednesday (May 6).

This, however, is still well within its minimum operating level of 180 meters. 

Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water have assured a round-the-clock water supply among their clients except in areas where repair or maintenance works are ongoing. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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