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Water supply expected to ‘normalize’ this week —MWSS

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Wednesday said it expects water supply to “normalize” this week.

The MWSS made the remark after the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) again raised the allocation of the MWSS from the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system for the rest of April.

“We expect it to normalize within the week. In fact, it should have already normalized by now,” MWSS chief regulator Atty. Patrick Ty told GMA News Online.

The NWRB earlier said it approved the 52 cubic meters per second (CMS) allocation to the MWSS for April 16 to 30, 2023.

Late in March, the NWRB decided to raise to 50 CMS the share of MWSS from the current 48 CMS from April 1 to 15, 2023.

The latest supplementary allocation aims to “support the stopgap efforts of the MWSS in addressing the water curtailment in the west zone area of Metro Manila affecting millions of water consumers.”

“With the increased allocation, Maynilad should be able to provide the proper service already. If they will be unable to do so, then yes, it can be considered as a violation since they are now getting their required allocation of raw water,” said Ty.

Based on the most recent PAGASA forecast, near normal rainfall will be received in the Angat area from May to September 2023, the MWSS said.

This is expected to replenish the water in Angat dam which will alleviate the possible brunt of the impending El Niño phenomenon in the latter part of the year, it added.

The NWRB also appealed to water consumers in contributing to water supply sustainability by applying practical water conservation measures in their homes, offices, businesses, and communities. —VAL, GMA Integrated News