Manila Water announced the implementation of service interruptions in several parts of Metro Manila and Rizal starting Wednesday due to maintenance activities.
According to Dano Tingcungco's report on “24 Oras”, the firm announced in an advisory that some areas in Taguig, Manila, and municipalities of Angono and Binangonan will not have water supply beginning at 10 p.m. on March 22 until 4 a.m. on March 23.
Several areas in Cainta and Antipolo, meanwhile, will experience longer interruptions with the cutting of the water supply starting at 10 p.m. on March 22 to 6 a.m. on March 23.
Manila Water explained they will conduct line metering, strainer declogging, and pipe fixing in the affected areas.
“These are part of regular maintenance activities... Chine-check yung linya, 'yung mga dinadaanan ng tubig kung may bara. Nililinis ito para 'yung pressure niya maging regular,” said Manila Water Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla.
(These are part of regular maintenance activities. We’re checking the lines if there are clogs in the pipes. We clean them to ensure regular pressure.)
“Ginagawa natin dito is to ensure all facilities are in good condition... para maiwasan ang downtime. Second, 'yung mga additional sources natin ng tubig given na tataas ang demand natin for summer. Hindi tayo kailangan maging fully-dependent on Angat,” he said.
(What we’re doing here is ensuring all facilities are in good condition and preventing downtime. Second, we are also gathering additional sources as it is expected that the demand for water will increase in the summer season.)
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) previously said there will be enough water supply in the National Capital Region for the dry season.
However, the agency reminded the public to conserve water ahead of the possible El Niño phenomenon.
Latest reservoir water level of Angat Dam is 205 meters which is slightly higher than its traditional level of 192 meters during the summer season.
For its part, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) said it is likewise readying measures to ensure enough water supply for consumers ahead of the dry season.
“Meron tayong supply augmentation measures na ginagawa. Kasama dito ang reactivation ng mga deep well. Sa ngayon, mayroon na kaming mga naka-target na 14 deep wells na target natin maging operational na by April at makakapag-produce ng target na additional na 7 to 8 million na supply,” said Maynilad Spokesperson Jennifer Rufo.
(We have supply augmentation measures in place. Included here is the reactivation of deep wells. So far, we have 14 deep wells that we are targeting to activate by April. We expect it to produce 7 to 8 million in supply.)
“Patuloy ang pagpapalit ng lumang linya ng tubig gayundin ang pagpapaigting ng ating leak repairs sa sistema,” she added. (We are also changing the old water lines to curb intensify the leak repairs in our system.) —Sundy Locus/ VAL, GMA Integrated News