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Relief for Maynilad users seen after Angat water quota raised

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THE Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) expects minimal service interruptions for customers of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. with the increase of the water allocation from Angat Dam.

“It will go to Maynilad to minimize interruptions and MWSS is thankful to the NWRB (National Water Resources Board),” Leonor C. Cleofas, MWSS administrator, said in a Viber message on Sunday.

Jennifer C. Rufo, head of Maynilad corporate communications, said in a Viber message that the west zone water concessionaire and MWSS will discuss the mechanics of the increased allocation.

“We are currently working with MWSS on the mechanics of the increased allocation as well as any corresponding obligations these may entail,” Ms. Rufo said.

Some Maynilad customers have reported up to 12 hours of daily water interruptions.

On Saturday, the National Water Resources Board announced the approval of a 52 cubic meters per second (CMS) allocation to the MWSS for the April 16-30 period.

“The NWRB recognized the efforts of the MWSS to immediately implement its conservation action plan and water supply augmentation measures to address the current water service interruptions,” the NWRB said in a statement.

Ms. Rufo said the higher allocation will increase the volumes reaching Maynilad, allowing it to increase its production.

She added that the higher allocation will also help improve the water levels of Ipo and La Mesa Dams.

The NWRB said that the supplementary allocation will address the water shortage in the west zone of Metro Manila.

“Based on the most recent PAGASA forecast, near normal rainfall will be received in the Angat area from May to September 2023,” the NWRB said, referring to the government weather service. “This is expected to replenish the water in the Angat Dam which will alleviate the possible (impact) of the impending El Niño phenomenon in the latter part of the year.”

Last week, the MWSS said it had asked the NWRB to increase the allocation from…


2023-04-16 07:13:28

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