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Manila Water Says 780% Increase on Water Rates 'Not True'Over 20 cities would have been affected by the supposed price hike.by Kitty Elicay .
Manila Water has denied earlier reports that it would be imposing a 780% increase in water rates after the Supreme Court (SC) issued them a Php1 billion fine for violating the Clean Water Act and failing to put up sewerage systems in their service areas 10 years ago.
“We never stated that it will be an impending increase nor did we make any statement about passing on to consumers,” the company said in a Facebook post.
The East zone concessionaire clarified that the 780% increase included in their motion for reconsideration to the SC was the supposed cost of building wastewater facilities that they would need to comply with the Clean Water Act. It added that they are following SC’s mandate to complete their wastewater programs by 2037.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
In a previous statement released Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Manila Water said they have no choice but to raise water rates by 780% or as much as Php26.70 per cubic meter “if the SC decision issued last August is not reversed.”
“Manila Water had complied with its sewerage responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and should not be fined Php921 million,” the company reiterated.
West zone concessionaire Maynilad was also slapped with the fine, as they were also unable to fulfill the requirement of putting up sewerage systems to ensure proper disposal of waste water.
Apart from the price hike, Manila Water also warned the public to expect worse traffic in Metro Manila if they will be ordered to start digging and laying out sewage lines in the next five years.
“Traffic is also to be expected since hundreds of kilometers of roads, including EDSA, which are part of the Manila Water’s East Zone, would have to be dug up all at the same time,” Manila Water said.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
The company also added that if both Manila Water and Maynilad were to compress the 40-year project into five years, as the SC ruling wants, the hundreds of billions of pesos required would “result to an increase in the water bill of subscribers.” This would leave the subscribers less money for other necessities and triggering higher inflation.
Should the price hike push through, subscribers living in the east Zone of Metro Manila and Rizal province will be affected. These include Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Taguig, Marikina, and parts of Quezon City and Manila. The towns of Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililia, Rodriguez, Tanay, Taytay, Terea, San Mateo and Antipolo will be affected in the Rizal side.
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