(UPDATED) Maynilad has agreed to share its water supply with Manila Water as shortages hit parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province.
In an interview on DZMM Teleradyo, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) administrator Reynaldo Velasco said the management of both companies met and agreed to share resources to address the water shortage.
"'Yung Maynilad, magse-share muna ng 50 million liters per day para ipahiram naman sa Manila Water," Velasco said.
By the end of March, Manila Water is also expected to activate its water treatment plant in Cardona, Rizal, which can provide another supply source.
The National Water Resources Board, likewise, will activate deep wells to provide more water supply to households.
"Papayagan na sila ngayon na i-activate yung kanilang deep well para maka-generate ng 100 million liters per day, so that's about 200 million liters," Velasco said.
He said Manila Water lacks around 150 to 280 million liters of water per day.
The official also clarified the main source of water for Metro Manila is Angat Dam and not La Mesa Dam.
Engr. Ronald Padua, head of Maynilad's Water Supply Operations, confirmed they will be providing additional supply to Manila Water consumers sometime in April.
Maynilad's new water treatment plant in Muntinlupa can produce up to 100 million liters of water per day, he said.
Padua said Maynilad can share as much as 50 million liters of water per day, which can accomodate 50,000 households for 24 hours.
He also assured that water supply of Maynilad consumers will not be affected even with the "cross-border" water sharing.
"'Yun po ang sinisiguro namin ang aming mga customers na hindi po sila maapektuhan at ito rin po ang sinabi namin sa MWSS," Padua told DZMM.
Manila Water Communications Planning and Tactical Development Manager Dittie Galang said they had to adjust operation as the water level at La Mesa Dam had dipped at a critical level.
She said Manila Water still gets 1.6 billion liters of water from Angat Dam, but the supply is not enough for its consumers.
"Ang nangyayari nga po dahil hindi sapat ang allocation na nakukuha namin sa Angat ay nagagamit na rin ang tubig sa La Mesa," Galang told DZMM Teleradyo's "Dr. Love."
She assured that public service establishments, such as hospitals and schools, will continue to receive a steady supply of water.
Galang urged the public to use water wisely because the water shortage could last until the summer season.
"Maging mas resourceful tayo, mas responsable sa paggamit ng tubig," she said.
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