With not enough rains, water supply interruption in Metro Manila coming soon
Metro Manila is facing another water crisis due to lack of rains, something that could prompt water concessionaires to implement rotational interruption.
Ayala-led Manila Water Company Inc. is now at the forefront of warning consumers of a possible supply interruption.
Manila Water President and Chief Executive Officer Ferdinand Dela Cruz said in a Manila Bulletin report that “the supply of Angat Dam is diminishing”.
“It’s no one’s fault. It’s just that the rains are not coming,” Dela Cruz said.
“So there will be periods of service interruptions,” he added.
Metro Manila gets its water supply from the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system. Angat Dam currently supplies 97 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs, releasing about 4 million liters of water per day (mld).
Of this, Manila Water gets an allocation of 1,600 mld, while West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. is allowed to get the rest or about 2,400 mld.
As of Monday, Angat Dam’s water level was at 162.33 meters, which is way below its spilling level of 212 meters and its minimum operating level of 180 meters.
Ipo Dam has also gone down beyond its maintaining level of 101 meters. As of Monday, it’s water level was at 100.73 meters. La Mesa Dam, on the other hand, was at 68.43 meters, slightly below its critical level of 69 meters.
National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the government agency tasked to regulate the use and distribution of the country’s water resources, said the water level in Angat Dam may go down to 160 meters by the end of this week.
“We are really entering unprecedented levels for Angat,” he added.
Angat Dam had its lowest water level of 157 meters in 2010, but Manila Water didn’t have to implement water supply interruption since there was enough water from La Mesa Dam at that time.