Manila Water says availability reaches 96 pct of consumers


Posted at Mar 22 2019 06:50 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2019 07:13 PM

Residents in Brgy. San Juan in Mandaluyong City line up to get their share during the distribution of water led by the local government amid an ongoing water shortage in parts of Metro Manila on March 15, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Manila Water on Friday said supply is now available in 96 percent of its consumer base in at least the ground floor level of their residences. 

Water services has "significantly improved" after adopting a rotational water supply scheme, various technical and network improvements and augmentation from other supply sources, the Ayala-led concessionaire said in an advisory.

Some deepwells have also begun operations as well as the Cardona Water Treatment Plant, which supplies 24 million liters per day, Manila Water said. 

The concessionaire is also continuously providing tanker support in areas where supply is still below 8 hours including Raja Sumakwel of Upper Bicutan in Taguig, Kawilihan in Bagong Ilog, Pasig. Hulo in Mandaluyong, portions of Kasiglahan Village in San Jose and San Isidro in Rodriguez, Rizal, portions of Quezon City, Guitnangbayan in San Mateo and Sitio Halang in Binangonan.

"Manila Water assures that it is exerting all efforts to bring water availability back to its normal levels at the earliest possible time," the concessionaire said. 

Meanwhile, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday said she would suggest the termination of hearings on the water crisis and instead focus on implementation of mitigating measures.

“I think that’s it I’m going to ask the Congress to terminate already the hearings because they’ve already heard what they have to hear for the immediate term," Arroyo told reporters.

"What we’d like to see is the water coming back to the tap so we’d like to see that and I think we don’t need to have further hearings anymore we just like to see on the ground that what they said will happen will be happening," she added. -- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News