Metro Manila water supply enough amid month-long Luzon lockdown - NWRB

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Posted at Mar 20 2020 06:44 PM

Metro Manila water supply enough amid month-long Luzon lockdown - NWRB 1

MANILA - There is sufficient water supply in Metro Manila, the state water regulator assured Friday, even as the Philippine capital region is on a month-long lockdown along with the rest of Luzon to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

To ensure a steady water supply in Metro Manila households, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) from 42 cubic meters per second (cms) to 46 cms.

"Sa ngayon, sa ganitong panahon na may pangamba ng COVID-19, wala tayong interruption. Kasi nga po gusto natin na kahit anong oras sana [meron], 24/7 po gusto natin ma-target sa ngayon," NWRB executive director Sevillo David Jr. told radio DZMM.

(Right now, in this time that we're facing the threat of COVID-19, there will be no water interruption. We want to provide water supply all the time, for 24/7.)

MWSS is the agency that splits water from the reservoir to concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water. Maynilad distributes water to the capital's west zone, while Manila Water covers the east.

Water is critical in the face of the virus crisis as it is necessary to maintain personal hygiene, with handwashing a vital measure against the disease. Steady water supply is also needed in communities for boosted cleanup and disinfection efforts, and in hospitals amid the rising number of cases and persons under investigation. 

As of Friday, the water level at Angat Dam, where Metro Manila sources nearly all of its water supply, was at 199.3 meters, below its ideal mark of 212 meters.

In March last year, taps ran dry in nearly a million Metro Manila households as the Angat Dam breached its critical level due to lack of rains.

Metro Manila's water utility firms began rotational supply cuts in October last year to avoid a repeat of last summer's water shortage.