House probe on water shortage sought

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2019 08:57 AM

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Residents scramble to buy plastic buckets in Mandaluyong City on March 12, 2019 to be used to collect water because of an ongoing water service interruption. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Bayan Muna party-list has filed a resolution seeking a legislative inquiry into a water service interruption that has left taps dry in large swaths of Metro Manila.

Manila Water, which services over 6 million people in the capital's east zone, has cut supply in several areas as the water level in La Mesa Dam, its emergency source, dropped due to lack of rain and increasing demand.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate filed Resolution 2518 urging the House of Representatives committee on good government to investigate the water interruption and its impact to consumers.

Around 52,000 households in the eastern zone of Metro Manila currently do not have water. This number does not include those experiencing low water pressure.

Manila Water said it has an average deficit of 140 million liters a day because of increasing service connections.

Since 2016, the concessionaire has relied on the buffer supply from La Mesa Dam to augment the deficit.

However, Manila Water’s La Mesa Dam reached its lowest level in 12 years recently. This means the company can no longer rely on their emergency supply of rain water collected from the La Mesa Watershed. And it his highly likely that the situation will improve until summer ends and the dam is refilled by rainwater.