Manila Water says 98 pct of consumers have supply at least 8 hours a day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2019 07:49 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2019 08:29 PM

Residents line up during a water distribution drive in Mandaluyong. File Photo. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Almost 98 percent of consumers in the metro’s east zone have water at least 8 to 12 hours a day, Manila Water's spokesperson said Friday. 

Tankering services are also being conducted in areas where supply remains intermittent, Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla told DZMM Teleradyo. 

Manila Water is installing boosters to help push water supply to hard-to-reach areas, while its Cardona Water Treatment Plant in Rizal is “progressively” generating 50 million liters per day (mld), which will eventually reach 100 mld, he said. 

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“Ang ginagawa talaga natin ay pinipilit nating pagkasyahin at balansehin ang available na tubig natin para naman lahat ng customers ay mayroong tubig, kahit na sandaling oras sa loob ng isang araw,” Sevilla said.

(What we're doing is we're trying to balance the available supply so that all our consumers will have water even for just a few hours a day.)

“For the most part, may tubig na sa mababang lugar at nagkakaroon po tayo ng mga valving activities kung paano natin mapapaakyat yung tubig,” he added.

(For the most part, there's supply in low-lying areas. We will have valving activities to try to boost water supply in hard to reach areas).

Sevilla apologized for missed interruption schedules, which he said were due to “operational adjustments.”

The Ayala-led concessionaire also advised consumers to store water in containers whenever it is available as the normal 24/7 uninterrupted service is likely to resume by the end of May.

The water crisis affecting millions has prompted officials to explore the possibility of creating a Department of Water as well as a road map to address the effects of the El Niño.