'Staggered' Manila Water restoration means interruptions to persist: MWSS

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Posted at Mar 18 2019 08:31 AM | Updated as of Mar 21 2019 04:53 PM

MANILA -- Manila Water has restored supply to 90 percent of its customers, but service interruptions will persist, a regulator said Monday, as water concessionaires and regulators moved to ease a supply shortage.

The restoration was "staggered," which means some areas still experience service interruptions for 4 to 12 hours, said Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco.

"Ibig sabihin ng 90 percent, staggered pa rin. May mga 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours [na service interruption], depende po doon sa lugar na na-energize na nila. Ang importante, may tubig, hindi na sila pipila," he told radio DZMM.

(Ninety percent means it is still staggered. There will be 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours of interruption, depending on the area that they have energized. What matters is that there will be water, customers would no longer have to queue.)

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

Manila Water has yet to activate all water sources like deep wells, Velasco said.

The concessionaire's Cardona treatment plant in Rizal province, which filters water from Laguna Lake, will be fully operational in June or August, he said.

Maynilad Water Services Inc, in charge of the capital's west zone, has agreed to share 50 million liters of water daily to Manila Water. It also lent tankers to help deliver water to Manila Water's customers.

The water shortage has prompted separate committee investigations by the Senate and House of Representatives.