CEBU CITY, Philippines The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) has announced that their customers will continue to experience more water interruptions until June.
This was after they reported a shortage in their water supply that will last throughout the duration of El Niño, based on the forecast of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“Our wells [are] drying up,” said MCWD community relations and external affairs manager Charmaine Kara during the Association of Government Information Officers – Philippine Information Agency (AGIO-PIA) forum on Tuesday.
Kara added, out of the 450,000 cubic meters per day demand in Metro Cebu, they can only supply 238,000 cubic meters. The MCWD had to reduce their water service hours to six to eight hours daily.
The MCWD already stopped accepting applications for new water connection due to the short supply.
The water district is already exploring areas for additional water resource. However, according to Kara, customers might experience water rate increase.
“We will be paying for more water, in the next few years,” she said. She also advised customers to conserve water amid the shortage.
“They need to develop the habit of storing water,” Kara added.—Aileen Cerrudo
A newborn baby in Cebu City has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 7.
On Tuesday (April 21), the DOH Region 7 reported that the newborn is among the seven new COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, increasing the total number to 173.
The regional department also reported that they have yet to determine how the infant got infected with the virus since the mother tested negative for the viral disease.
Meanwhile, the DOH Region 7 advises pregnant women to stay home, avoid crowds, and always wear protective masks in case they need to leave the house.
Central Visayas has a total of 203 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday. The highest is in Cebu with 173, followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 13 cases, and Mandaue City with 9 cases. AAC (with reports from Gladys Toabi)
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 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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