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Reservoirs still can’t ‘recover’ due to rising water consumption —Manila Water


Manila Water chief operating officer Geodino Carpio shows the drop in water level at the La Mesa Dam as an effect of the onset of the El Niño phenomenon. Joviland Rita/GMA News
Manila Water chief operating officer Geodino Carpio shows the drop in water level at the La Mesa Dam as an effect of the onset of the El Niño phenomenon. Joviland Rita/GMA News


Despite its efforts to save up water through scheduled interruptions, the Manila Water on Tuesday said it is still having a hard time bringing back its water supply to normal due to the public's continuously growing water consumption.

“Mataas pa rin ang demand kaya hindi pa makabawi ang reservoir,” said Manila Water chief operating officer Geodino Carpio at a press conference.

Manila Water has been announcing water interruptions in several areas to ensure that water supply can last until June or the rainy season. Due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, lesser rainfall are expected in the coming months.

Carpio said many households, even outside the water interruption-affected areas, have already stored water after Manila Water made the announcement, further depleting their reservoirs' water supply.

“The demand in that period was so high na ang nangyari ang ating mga reservoirs —20 plus reservoirs in the cities—bumaba ang level. Naubos ang tubig sa reservoir,” Carpio said.

“When that happens, mawawalan ng tubig yung sineserbisyuhan, so the act of everyone trying to prepare for  an outage that will not happen anyway in their areas, actually made things worse,” he said, responding to the complaints of unannounced water interruptions.

Carpio said that the problem in water supply was rooted in the high demand for water which was aggravated by the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

According to Carpio, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) allocates 4,000 million liters of water per day (mld) to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from the Angat Dam.

Out of the 4,000 mld, Manila Water gets only 1,600 million mld, which, according to Carpio, not enough to cater the 1,700-mld. water demand in Metro Manila and some other areas. — MDM, GMA News

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