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  • Water Interruptions in Metro Manila and Rizal May Continue Throughout Summer

    With El Niño,every household needs to do its part to conserve water.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Water Interruptions in Metro Manila and Rizal May Continue Throughout Summer
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  • After several areas in Metro Manila and Rizal experienced over four days of water interruptions with low pressure or no water last March 7 to 10, 2019, Manila Water says expect the scheduled water interruptions to continue throughout the summer.

    Speaking with Super Radyo dzBB, Manila Water spokesman Jeric Sevilla said no additional water supply is reaching them due to the low water levels in dams.

    “Unang sasabihin ko talaga is ‘yung kabuuan ng summer natin na ito, talagang makakaranas po tayo ng reduced pressure or mga rotational na no water or mga water interruptions, ” Sevilla said as reported by GMA News. (We will experience reduced pressure, rotational no water, and water interruptions for the rest of the summer.)

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    Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services Inc., two concessionaires that supply water in Metro Manila, rely on three dams that are a major source of water for the cities: Angat, Ipo, and La Mesa. But the water level at the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir in Quezon City has continued to drop with El Niño, a dry spell triggered by rising temperatures that are above-normal levels in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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    As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019, water elevation at the dam had dropped to 68.93 meters, breaching the 69-meter critical low level, Inquirer reports. It may drop further as the demand for water increases in Metro Manila.

    According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the water level at La Mesa Dam continues to decrease since there had been no significant rainfall since December at the watershed’s location in Novaliches, Quezon City. It is expected to regain its water supply when the rainfall comes by the end of May or the first week of June hopefully.

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    Manila Water also announced last March 10 a scheduled interruption as they performed “operational adjustments” to address the “continuous decline of La Mesa Dam water level.” Affected areas in Metro Manila with low pressure to no water include Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Quezon City, and San Juan. In Rizal, areas in Angono, Antipolo, Binangonan, Cainta, Jalajala, Rodriguez, San Mateo, Taytay, and Teresa will also experience low pressure to no water situations.

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    “[The] objective [is to have] a window where people will have water, and for them to store water for their needs,” Sevilla told Inquirer through a text message.

    Despite low water levels, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) assures residents there is enough water for the summer season.

    “The level of water in Angat (Dam) is still high. Ninety-six percent of our water is coming from Angat. We still believe that the water from Angat is still enough to provide water for Metro Manila,” said MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco in a report by CNN Philippines.

    Velasco is set to meet with Manila Water today, March 11, to find out why consumers have been experiencing over four days without water or low pressure.

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