Extended service interruptions 'will not last' for entire summer: Manila Water

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2019 06:13 PM

Residents of Addition Hills in Madaluyong City, Manila, queue to receive water distributed on water tank truck and fire trucks on March 15, 2019. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA - Utility concessionaire Manila Water on Friday said the extended water interruptions will not last for the entire summer season as positive effects of rotational supply scheme started to take effect.

Consumers in the east zone of Metro Manila have begun "to feel the positive effects" of the rotational supply scheme which was adopted Thursday, Manila Water claimed in an advisory.

Levels of various reservoirs have starting increasing and water supply is slowly being distributed. Water pressure is also expected to improve in the coming days, the concessionaire said.

"These operational adjustments are a temporary measure that Manila Water is undertaking to balance water supply distribution in its concession area," Manila Water said.

"This will result to more definite hours of water availability. Manila Water continues to make calibrations in these adjustments to ensure that extended service interruptions will not last for the entire summer," it said.

Manila Water earlier said it was "rushing" to complete its treatment plant in Cardona, Rizal, which is part of the Rizal Province Water Supply Improvement Project.

The project is now delivering an initial supply of 22 million liters per day and is expected to produce up to 50 mld by mid-April, Manila Water said.

Concessionaire Maynilad earlier agreed to share its supply with Manila Water to address the east zone demand. San Miguel Corp on Friday also said it would seek regulator's approval to deliver its excess water supply from its Bulacan treatment plant to affected areas.

Malacañang on Friday ordered the release of water supply from the Angat Dam to address the water crisis.