PH nears ‘water scarcity’ threshold
Did Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco just say the Philippines is running out of clean water?
In a recent statement, Velasco reiterated anew the need for teamwork among all stakeholders and strategic planning to ensure water security and to further address challenges posed by climate change.
Velasco made the statement even as he admitted the country already falls below the international “water stress” threshold of 1,700 m3 per year and fast approaching the “water scarcity” threshold of 1,000 m3 per year.
Using the 2018 population of 107 million against the fresh water supply of 146 BCM, per capita availability stands at 1,553 m3 per year.
“The water-availability-per-capita situation in the country represents the country’s water security issue,” the statement said.
But then, he assured the public of a continuing and fruitful partnership with its concessionaires Maynilad, Manila Water and Bulacan Bulk with one collective mission, which is to ensure water security and sustainability as well as to improve water services and sewerage coverage in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.