Maynilad reduces hours of water interruption in affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019   •   342

MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad customers can relax a bit as the water concessionaire announced shorter hours of water service interruptions.

Maynilad said recent days of rainshowers helped in replenishing water supply in Ipo Dam.

“Twenty percent of our customers have interruptions of about 8 to 10 hours. But that is starting to reduce because of the rains that came in but we don’t know for how long again,” explained Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez.

Around nine million households in the West Zone of Metro Manila depend on Maynilad for water supply especially if water supply becomes thin during the dry season when Angat Dam fails to replenish as predicted by the state weather service PAGASA.

According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), they just limited the allocation so as not to deplete the supply in Angat Dam.

“Wala naman tayong (There is no) water crisis. We are just making sure that water crisis last March will not happen anymore,” said MWSS Administrator Emmanuel Salamat.

Meanwhile, the MWSS is pushing measures to protect Laguna Lake from pollution.

“We have just proposed protection and preservation of our Laguna Lake and declare it as a vital source of our domestic freshwater supply,” Salamat said.

So far, Maynilad has treatment plants that generate water from Laguna Lake and supplies to 310 million liters of water daily to its customers.

According to Fernandez, Laguna Lake can produce the volume of domestic water being supplied by the Angat Dam.

Laguna Lake is over 90,000 hectares in area which is larger than Singapore.

“To my mind, Laguna Lake is the biggest body of water that can supply Metro Manila and even the surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal,” he explained.

According to Maynilad, though Laguna Lake is used for fishery, it should primarily serve as a source of water for domestic use. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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)

Angat Dam water level increases despite prevailing dry season

Marje Pelayo   •   April 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Angat Dam’s water level has improved in the past 24 hours despite the prevailing dry season, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Wednesday (April 14).

As of 6:00 A.M., the water level in Angat Dam increased from 192.95 meters on Tuesday to 193.1 meters on Wednesday which PAGASA attributed to the sudden rains over the watershed in the previous days.

At present, domestic allocation to Metro Manila remains at 46 cubic meters per second.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said residents in the provinces of Quezon and Camarines in Bicol may expect cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms within the day due to the effects of the Tail-End-of-a-Cold-Front (TECF).

Cagayan Valley and the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have fair weather with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms throughout the day. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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