MWSS allays fears of any impending water shortage
The officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) assured that there is no looming water shortage like what Manila Water Company Inc. has claimed.
In a statement, MWSS Chairman Franklin J. Monteverde and MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco assured the customers of adequate supply of potable water in the coming years over reports that Metro Manila may experience water shortage in 2021 before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.
The two MWSS officials allayed the fears of the public in response to a statement made by Manila Water Chief Operating Officer Geodino Carpio that the non-approval of water treatment Laguna East Bay project may result in water shortage by 2021.
“While we respect the opinion of Mr. Carpio, it is best for Manila Water to properly present its P15-billion Laguna East Bay Project that can produce additional 250 mld [million liters per day] water as part of the overall water security and sustainability program for the East Zone instead of making his personal analysis on the overall costing of the P12.2 billion Kaliwa Dam Project that is expected to produce additional 650 mld,” Velasco said.
“We welcome any new water source projects such as as the Laguna Lake East Bay but the MWSS position is always to strike a balance between the overall cause and effect on any business development and the interest of the consuming public who will eventually shoulder the expected increase in water rates,” he added.
At present, they said MWSS has continued several water infrastructure projects started by the past administration to ensure water security namely the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project and the Angat Water ADB-funded AWTIP Security Projects, with the latter aimed at strengthening Angat Dam in case a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurs thus ensuring water availability.
Another major project in the pipeline is the Kaliwa Dam construction of which has been approved by the MWSS Board of Trustees. The project is expected to be completed by 2023, one year after Duterte ends his term.