MANILA - Manila Water has implemented a 12 to 17-hour daily service interruption as the water level at the Angat Dam remains at critical level, the water concessionaire said Saturday.
The rotational water service interruption that would affect some 700,000 people will start on June 22, Manila Water said in a statement.
"This rotational water service interruption may be implemented until a sustainable safe water level in the Angat Dam is achieved," it said.
Water services were limited after the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) reduced water allocations for concessionaires by 4 cubic meters per second or about 350 million liters of water consumed by Manila Water's clientele daily.
"These are being implemented to equitably distribute the limited supply to all customers so that they will have at least several hours of water coming from their taps during the day to allow them to store water.
The Ayala-led water company supplies tap water to 23 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila and Rizal. These include Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan, Taguig, Marikina, and parts of Quezon City and Manila.
The towns of Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililia, Rodriguez, Tanay, Taytay, Teresa, San Mateo and Antipolo in the province of Rizal are also part of Manila Water's concession zone.
Metro Manila residents and businesses have been urged to save and store water as hydrologists remain uncertain when rains would replenish the reservoir.
This is the second time this year that eastern parts of Metro Manila would be hit by a water crisis.
For several weeks starting in March, thousands of homes and businesses in the east zone were crippled by a water shortage after Manila Water suffered from a supply problem that was worsened by the dry spell.