Manila Water 'surprised' by Maynilad claim on water supply allocation

Warren De Guzman, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2018 05:40 PM

MANILA – The management of Manila Water on Monday decried Maynilad's claims that the recent water service interruptions in their concession areas were caused by lack of supply after Manila Water received more of its agreed allocation. 

The water supply splitting process is not an exact thing, Manila Water COO Geogino Carpio said.

"At any given time, Maynilad may be getting more or less. You never hear about this, it is a collegial body because they coordinate to balance the split. Therefore we were surprised that Maynilad announced interruptions spanning Valenzuela to Cavite,” Carpio said.

Meanwhile, Manila Water president Ferdinand Dela Cruz said he is "sad" that their name is being dragged into the issue. 

"There were times we were not getting our own share and during those times we did not go to the media or blame it to the other guy. What we did is we talked quietly within the common protocol,” Dela Cruz said.

Maynilad spokesperson Jen Rufino earlier said they might have to look into additional allocation to prevent interruptions but for now, equal splitting between the 2 concessionaires should work.

But Manila Water said instead of lack of supply, the interruptions could be caused by efficiency issues.

Carpio said Manila Water’s Non-Revenue Water, used to measure water lost due to leaks and other problems, is at 12 percent while he believes Maynilad’s is at 30 percent.

Maynilad has issued water interruption advisories until Friday, April 20, for some parts of Quezon City, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite.