NWRB says low water allocation will last throughout June

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2019   •   729

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The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said lower water allocation will last until June.

READ: Angat Dam water level drops further to 159.43 meters

The NWRB has recently announced that they will further reduce the water allocation to 36 cubic per second after the water level in Angat Dam dipped lower than the critical level of 160 meters.

On Monday (June 24), officials of the Angat Technical Working Group agreed to maintain the low water allocation until June.

“At least for the month of June, although we monitored a low pressure area but this might not bring significant rainfall within Angat water shed,” NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo David Jr. said.

The NWRB also estimates that water level might dip to 157 meters which will be the lowest in history.

Meanwhile, the group Bukluran ng mga Manggagawang Pilipino has called on the government and water concessionaires to limit the use of water in several facilities and business establishments such as watering of golf courses and filling up swimming pools.

However, several businessmen, like the resort and function hall in Malate, Manila, oppose this idea.

According to Adora Espiritu, the admin officer of the said resort, they have already reduced the frequency of water replacement in their swimming pools due to the limited supply.

“Hindi kami masyadong nag a-accept ng events ngayon gawa ng water shortage. Kung dati po once a month, gagawin naming once every two months iyong sa chlorine and sa vacuum. (We don’t accept events for now due to the water shortage. Instead of using chlorine and vacuum once a month like before, we’ll just do it once every two months), she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) confirmed that there will be rainfall at the Angat shed this week which is seen to increase water level.

PAGASA also explained that it will take four months of rainfall to fill the water level in Angat Dam to 180 meters. This is the normal operating level of Angat Dam.

“Kung magkaroon tayo ng significant rainfall for July which is in a period of 1 or 2 weeks then paunti-unti na pong dadami ang recharge, (If we have a significant rainfall for July which is in a period of 1 or 2 weeks of rainfall, then water level will increase),” said PAGASA’s weather specialist, Junie Ruiz.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Maynilad, Manila Water rate to spike in 2020

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services will affect a rate hike in January 2020.

This is at the height of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to review the contract between the government and the two water concessionaires. 

Maynilad and Manila Water will implement around P3.00 per cubic meter price hike.

Add to this is the increase in the Foreign Currency Differential Adjustment (FCDA) and other foreign currencies that the two water concessionaires use in their loan payment.

In 2018, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has approved Maynilad and Manila Water’s rate increase petition.

For Maynilad, the approved rate hike is P5.73 which will be applied on a staggered basis for five years or until 2022.

Manila Water, on the other hand, had been allowed a rate increase of P6.22 to P6.50.

Meanwhile, with the expected rate hike, water service interruption will still be experienced by Maynilad and Manila Water consumers as the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has yet to increase Metro Manila’s water allocation despite the rising water level in Angat Dam.

As of Friday morning, the water level in Angat Dam was at 195.03 meters.

This, however, is still far from the dam’s normal operating level of 210 to 212 meters.

Authorities advise the public to continue to conserve water to maintain sufficient water supply in Angat Dam until the next dry season. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Angat Dam water level continues to drop

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

The water level at Angat Dam continues to drop from 186.23 meters on Wednesday (October 23) to 185.87m as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (October 24).

READ: NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Due to this, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is aiming to cut water allocations. According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr., they want to manage the water supply in case the water level will not reach 212 meters by the end of the year.

“In order to manage iyong supply ngayon just in case na hindi ganoon ka-favorable iyong mga rainfall na darating sa Angat watershed (In order to manage the current supply in case there will be no favorable rainfall at Angat watershed),” he said.

According to PAGASA, rainfalls are still expected in Angat Dam area before the end of the year.

“Pagpasok ng November may mga dalawang bagyo tayong inaasahan diyan (By November, we are expecting two more typhoons),” weather specialist Edgar dela Cruz said.

The NWRB said they plan to conduct cloud seeding operation but that will only slightly increase the water level at Angat Dam.

Meanwhile, the NWRB will launch a campaign for responsible water consumption by November.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

NWRB to reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan, Pampanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has announced that it will reduce water allocation for irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga by November.

From the current 30 cubic meters per second, water allocation in farm irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga will be reduced to 17cms.

NWRB Executive Director Servillo David Jr. said this is part of the measure to manage the water supply in the area.

“Sa tingin po natin by November hindi na po ganoon kalaki ang pangangailangan ng tubig sa irigasyon nandoon sila sa malapit nang mag-ani (We think that by November there’s not much need for a lot of water supply in irrigation because they are nearing the harvest season),” he said.

The NWRB also hopes that the water level in Angat Dam will reach 212 meters in the last two months of this year.

This is to fill the needed water supply in Metro Manila and the irrigation in Bulacan and Pampanga during the summer of next year.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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