MWSS, water utilities to meet over declining Angat supply

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2019 12:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2019 01:25 PM

The water intake platform becomes visible as the water level at Angat Dam breaches critical level at 180.73 masl on Friday morning. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System said it would meet on Monday to discuss how to respond to the declining water level at Angat Dam.

The water level in Angat, one of Metro Manila's main water sources, on Sunday dipped to 179.97 meters, below 180-meter minimum for the reservoir to operate normally, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco told DZMM radio.

Manila Water may need "additional support" from Maynilad Water Services Inc on top of the earlier committed 50 million liters per day, Velasco said.

Ayala-led Manila Water, which serves the east zone, has been grappling with a supply shortage.

“We’ll just initiate it," Velasco said, referring to Monday's meeting. "'Wag na namin antayin na lalapit na namin sila para sabihin kulang. Wag na lang mabulaga," he added.

(Let us not wait for them to come to us and say there's a shortage. So there will be no surprises) 

Maynilad has ample supply with support from its Putatan Plant that produces an additional 150 mld. Manila Water’s Cardona plant, on the other hand, is producing 50 mld, he said. 

The regulator also asked the National Water Resources Board to open additional ground wells in preparation for the effects of the El Niño, he said.

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