All 6.8-M consumers are affected by Angat Dam drying up, says Manila Water

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2019 06:43 AM | Updated as of Jun 22 2019 02:50 PM

Water-service disruptions could last from 8 to 12 hours, to 12 to 17 hours a day, a Manila Water official says. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

All 6.8 million customers of Manila Water are affected by the plummeting water level at Angat Dam, the public utility company said on Friday.

In an interview with DZMM, company spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said the rotational service disruption includes all of its customers, regardless of their location.

"100 percent ang apektado. ’Yung ating rotational service interruption ay pinapatupad natin concession wise; kumbaga sa buong nasasakupan ng Manila Water. Kaya essentially lahat ng customers ng Manila Water ay apektado," Sevilla said.

Manila Water on Friday announced the water interruption schedule for Saturday, June 22, in Metro Manila and Rizal after the National Water Resources Board further reduced the water supply at Angat.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System concessionaires, including Manila Water and Maynilad, will now have 36 cubic meters per second (CMS) water allocation from 40 CMS previously.

Sevilla acknowledged that consumers will feel the reduced water allocation, as the water service interruption will be carried out for a longer time, from 8 to 12 hours, to 12 to 17 hours a day.

He said Manila Water needs 3 days to shorten the service-disruption period.

He explained that most of Manila Water's pipelines lie on rolling terrains, where the pipes are structured upward then downward.

Sevilla said this is one of the challenges in the water-flow operation during a drought.

"May challenge ka na kailangan paakyatin mo muna ’yung tubig para bumaba siya . . . ’Yun ’yung fina-function natin every time nagkakaroon ng reduction ng supply," he said.