MWSS says there’s no reason to be worried about water supply in Metro Manila
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco has allayed fears of an impending water shortage despite the onset of the dry season and the reported low water level at the La Mesa Dam.
“The main water source of supply for Metro Manila is the Angat and Ipo dams. Despite the extreme hot weather, Angat Dam’s water level remains high at 194.3 meters which is 14 meter higher than its required level of 180 meters. So there is adequate water supply to meet domestic and industrial demand in Metro Manila,” Velasco said.
“The decrease in the water level of La Mesa Dam is a normal occurrence during the dry season where rainfall is nil, if not minimal, and water evaporation is high,” he added.
Velasco made the assurance to customers of Manila Water and Maynilad following his meeting yesterday with Maynilad President Ramoncito Fernandez and Manila Water COO Ding Carpio to resolve the technical issues over their raw water supply allocation due tom increase in demand of water by consumers during the summer months.
He also reported that the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has committed to increase water allocation from Angat Dam to La Mesa Dam by 172 million liters per day (MLD) on top of the regular 4,000 MLD to cover the water in Metro Manila and its environs.
Per the concession agreement, Maynilad is allocated 60 percent share of water while Manila Water, 40 percent.
For his part, NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David called on the consumers to conserve water and be responsible in their water consumption.