Red Cross prepares to supply water amid impending shortage

Michael Joe Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2019 04:40 PM

Philippine Red Cross tankers supplying water to the Rizal Medical Center during the water shortage in March. Photo from the Philippine Red Cross

MANILA — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is preparing its fleet of water tankers and water treatment equipment with the continuous decline of the water level in Angat Dam, the main water source of Metro Manila and Central Luzon. 

The National Water Resources Board earlier announced that Angat Dam’s water level was nearing the critical level of 160 meters. 

In a statement, PRC chairman Richard Gordon said the organization would be ready to supply water to critical establishments that could be affected by the impending water shortage in Metro Manila. 

“Just like last March, we are prepared to deploy our water tankers to supply water to most critical establishments, especially hospitals. We have 20 water tankers in Metro Manila that are capable of filling up high-pressure water systems,” he said. 

Thousands of homes and businesses, including hospitals, were affected by a water shortage that hit Metro Manila for several weeks in March and April due to the decline of the water level at La Mesa Dam, an emergency source, amid a dry spell and rising demand. 

Gordon said if the Angat Dam water level dips further, PRC would prioritize providing supply for hospitals to ensure that health care services would not be interrupted. This would also help prevent health conditions such as sepsis, diarrhea, and other hygiene-related diseases.

During the summer water crisis, PRC provided 1.435 million liters of water to Metro Manila public hospitals, including the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, National Center for Mental Health, and Quirino Memorial Medical Center.

PRC also served affected communities in Barangay Old Balara and Barangay Culiat in Quezon City; Barangay Nangka and Barangay Tumana in Marikina City; and Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City.