MWSS to hold talks with local officials, other agencies on SMC water offer


Posted at Mar 16 2019 04:00 PM

MANILA - The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) will meet with other government agencies on monday to plot the distribution of San Miguel Corporation's (SMC) water contribution to areas affected by the water supply crisis. 

This followed SMC's offer to deliver 140 million liters of water per day from its Bulacan Bulk Water Treatment Plant

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said Saturday agency officials are set to meet with local officials on Monday to discuss the transport of water.

"Sa Monday meet natin mga mayors, DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government), Bureau of Fire (Protection), MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority), paguusapan ilang truck pwede hiramin na mga tubig sa San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan) at iparating sa mga lugar na nahihirapan pa," he said. 

(On Monday we will meet with mayors, DILG, Bureau of Fire (Protection), MMDA, we will discuss how many trucks of water we can borrow from San Jose Del Monte to augment supply in areas where there is shortage.)

"'Pag ginawa natin 'yan makakadagdag dun sa reservoir, mapapalakas ng Manila Water ang kanilang pressure kasi doon sa labas natin kinukuha 'yung tubig," 

(Once we do that, that could augment supply in the reservoir, Manila water can boost its water pressure.)

SMC earlier said the plan could be implemented for the next 4 months once it gets a green light from MWSS.

But the company also said getting the additional supply would require about 14,000 truck trips per day. 

Residents in some areas in Metro Manila have experienced a week-long water shortage due to water concessionaire Manila Water's service interruptions, prompting them to line up for hours on the streets to await rationing. 

Water supply has been restored in some affected areas this week amid an implemented water interruption scheme.

Manila Water has been grappling with a supply shortage amid declining stock at its emergency source, the La Mesa Dam, due to lack of rains, and the delayed construction of its infrastructure projects supposed to help boost supply.