Technical Working Group created to solve water woes
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said it will create an Executive Committee and Technical Working Group to put on track all solutions to water security, sewerage and other related issues.
This was according to MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco even as he reassured consumers of the availability of water in the next 10 to 15 years.
“I wish to assure the public that there will be enough and sufficient water to supply the future needs of the 20 million residents in metropolis and nearby provinces serviced by its three concessionaires in the next 10 to 15 years,” Velasco said.
Velasco, who is one of the Directors in the AWC Board of Council, said too many years have been wasted in the past with no major water infrastructure projects undertaken. At present, that is no longer the case.
“It’s only over the last two years under this administration that serious efforts have been put in place to push for major water flagship projects such as the 600 MLD [million liters per day] Kaliwa Dam, the 500 MLD from Wawa Dam, the 800 MLD to be sourced from unutilized water from Angat-Norzagaray, the 350 MLD from Bayabas Dam as well as 500 MLD from Laguna Lake,” he shared.
“We are on a catch up mode as far as water supply source is concerned since our main source which is the Angat Dam that supplies 96 percent of water to Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal was built in 1967 and no major water source has been built since then except for some water supply projects from Laguna Lake by both Maynilad and Manila Water,” he added.
Aside from the creation of the Executive Committee and TWG, Velasco said he will call for a summit to craft a 50 Year Water Security and Used Water Master Plan for Metro Manila and its serviced areas.