Over 200,000 Maynilad customers to be without water supply for 10 days

Maris Federez   •   September 24, 2019   •   813

More than 200,000 Maynilad customers will be of no water supply for 10 days, beginning on September 27.

This will be due to the temporary suspension of operation of the Putatan Water Treatment Facility in Muntinlupa.

Maynilad Water Services Incorporated on Tuesday (September 24) said service improvement works are needed to be done in the plant to increase the amount of water the company supplies to its customers.

Maynilad Operations Head Ronald Padua said from the current 100-million liters per day (MLD) of water it produces from the Laguna Lake, the water concessionaire plans to upgrade it to 150-MLD.

The company believes the service improvement work which will take place from September 27 to October 7 will be a big help in preparing for any water supply crisis that might happen in the future.

“Para mangyari yun, kailangan namin i-shutdown po temporarily yung Putatan Plant 2 sa loob ng 10 araw. At inaasahan namin after that ay kaya na po naming i-operate ito at full capacity of 150 MLD,” explained Padua.

With this activity, customers from the cities of Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa, and several towns of Cavite.

“Lumalabas sa loob ng 10 araw dahil average 9 hours yung supply availability meaning po merong 15 hours na interrupted or wala silang tubig everyday,” Padua added.

Customers in these areas are advised to store water that will be enough to sustain them during the hours when the service interruption is in effect or there is no water supply.

Maynilad will post on its Facebook and Twitter accounts the affected barangays and the schedule of the water supply interruption.

Maynilad also made an assurance that its customers will not be charged for the service improvement expenses to be incurred in this project. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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)

Maynilad, Manila Water promise sufficient supply in M. Manila amid health emergency

Marje Pelayo   •   March 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water assured the public on Thursday (March 12) that water supply remains sufficient amid ongoing health crisis due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The water companies noted, however, that regular water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby areas will still be in effect to ensure even distribution of water reserve in Angat Dam.

Health experts are constantly reminding the public of proper hand washing and other hygienic measures to combat COVID-19.

Specifically, washing of hands for 20 seconds is the best way recommended.

As dry season draws near, government experts are concerned of the depleting water supply in Angat Dam, the main source of domestic water for Metro Manila and nearby areas.

Thus, water concessionaires need to sustain service interruptions given that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has not forecast any possibility of sudden rainfall for next month.

“Meron tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers, (We have enough rations for our customers,)” noted Maynilad’s Assistant Manager for Media Relations Grace Laxa.

“Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila kung iyong oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar. Magipon sila ng sapat para sa kanila, (But we advise them to store enough water based on schedule. Store only what is enough for your needs,)” she added.

Meanwhile, Manila Water said they opted to impose service interruption in the evening so as not to affect their customers during peak hours in the morning.

“So ibig sahihin nito for most times of the day ay meron tayong tubig, (Meaning for most times of the day we will have water,)” explained Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.

“So lahat ng gawaing bahay including disinfection, iyong madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay (ay gawin na) kasi iyan ang panahon na kumbaga labas pasok sa bahay ay may tubig, (So everything that you need to do like disinfection, proper hand washing, do it because that’s the time running water is available,)” he added.

Apart from rotational water service interruptions, water companies will also carry on with pipe repairs and additional deep well operations to augment water supply.

Amid the ongoing health crisis, the two water concessionaires appeal to their customers not to hoard water so as not to result into a more serious problem. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

Maynilad, Manila Water assure enough water supply amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 11, 2020

Maynilad and Manila Water has assured the public they will be able to provide enough water supply amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

This is despite the continuous water level reduction in Angat Dam.

According to Maynilad Asst. Manager on Media Relations Grace Laxa, in order to keep providing enough water supply to their customers, they have to implement water service interruptions.

Mayroon tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers. Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila sa oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar, (We have enough water supply rationed to our customers. But they have to fill their supplies depending on the schedule in their area)” she said.

Meanwhile, Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said they will only implement water interruptions in the evenings in order for their customers to still be able to do household chores including disinfection.

“For most times of the day ay mayroon tayong tubig, (we have water)” he said.

The water concessionaires also advise the public not to hoard water supply which could cause more problems on top of the COVID-19 threat.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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