MWSS assures Angat Dam’s sustainability after getting higher water allocation
After getting higher allocation from Angat Dam, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) assured that the water level at the 53-year old dam will be sustained amid the pandemic.
“The release of the 2 CMS [cubic meter per second] is a timing move meant to ensure unimpeded delivery of essential water-related activities and services which is part of the government’s efforts against COVID-19 in this challenging period of extended ECQ [enhanced community quarantine],” MWSS Administrator Emmanuel Salamat said.
Salamat is referring to the decision of National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Sevillo David to increase the raw water allocation that concessionaires of MWSS can get from Angat Dam.
From 46 cubic CMS, MWSS’ raw water allocation from Angat Dam is now 48 CMS until the end of May.
“The MWSS assures its stakeholders that it will continue to balance the public’s water needs vis-a-vis Angat’s sustainability in providing clean and sufficient water supply for Metro Manila and other service areas within MWSS jurisdiction,” the agency said in a statement.
Angat Dam supplies 97 percent of Metro Manila’s water needs. This is being distributed by MWSS concessionaires, Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., to their respective customers.