MANILA- Water interruptions in Metro Manila will last throughout the entire summer season, water concessionaire Manila Water warned Monday.
The interruptions will persist due to low supply of water in two of the country's major reservoirs, Angat Dam and La Mesa Dam, said Jeric Sevilla Jr., head of Manila Water's corporate communications.
"Itong mga water interruptions po na ito ay magpe-persist buong summer hanggang sa dumating 'yung ulan hanggang sa tumaas po ulit ang mga tubig sa mga dams natin lalong lalo na sa La Mesa Dam," Sevilla told radio DZMM.
(Water interruptions will persist during the entire summer season until the rainy season begins and our dams are filled with water again, particularly La Mesa Dam.)
Several households in Metro Manila complained of an "unexpected" water interruption last week as the water level of the La Mesa Dam reached its lowest in 12 years last Friday.
On Monday, the water level in the reservoir breached its critical level of 69 meters above sea level.
At present, Sevilla said at least 260 villages or over 50,000 households are affected by water interruptions in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City.
Sevilla appealed to the public for understanding as he explained that the water concessionaire's service is dependent only on the available supply of water.
"Para mapagkasya po itong natitirang supply nagpapatupad po tayo netong mga low-water or no-water across the concession area," he said.
(To meet everyone's needs, we are implementing low-water or no-water across the concession area.)
"Kapos po talaga tayo ng supply at nagsisimula pa lang tayo ang tag-init, tapos may el niño pa po. Mataas ang demand talaga," he added.
(We really have limited supply and it's only the start of summer and we still have a dry spell. The demand for water is really high.)
Manila Water advised its customers to frequently check its social media pages to be updated with scheduled water interruptions.