MWSS stresses importance of watershed protection
In celebration of World Water Day, an international yearly observance celebrated in March, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has launched a series of activities that stresses the importance of watershed conservation and the protection and care of the country’s natural resources.
With this year’s theme, Nature for Water where the community explores how nature can be used properly to overcome the water challenges of this century, the event is being celebrated together with MWSS’ concessionaires Manila Water, Maynilad and Luzon Clean Water.
“Deforestation has greatly affected our country’s watersheds,” said MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco.
“You and I are aware that watersheds need trees in order to absorb rainwater which channels it into streams, rivers and eventually dams where human communities source fresh water. With today’s celebration of World Water Day, we hope that many more people become aware of how we need to conserve and protect our watersheds and our most basic resource, water,” he added.
Of the 143 critical watersheds in the country, six of these watersheds that impact greatly on the water supply of Metro Manila are the Umiray, Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, Marikina and Laguna Lake watersheds.
Umiray Watershed Reservation covers an area of 16,722.75 ha.; Angat Watershed Reservation, 55,709.10 ha.; La Mesa Watershed Reservation 2,659 ha.; Laguna de Bay 388,000 ha.; Upper Marikina River Basin 28,000 ha.; and Ipo Dam at 7,000 ha.