Metro Manila water supply now 'stable,' says environment chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2019 03:59 PM

MANILA – The water supply in Metro Manila is now “stable,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu told lawmakers Friday during a hearing on his department’s 2020 budget.

Tens of thousands in the capital's east zone endured water rationing last summer as authorities acknowledged the lack of alternative sources while the supply at Angat Dam dwindled.

Cimatu said the water level at Angat was at 183 meters. Authorities earlier placed the normal operating level there at 180 meters.

Manila Water and Maynilad have sourced water from Laguna Lake, which should be developed as a new water source, Laguna Lake Development Authority general manager Joey Medina said during the briefing.

The DENR’s P25.59 billion proposed 2020 budget is 16 percent higher compared to P21.5 billion in 2019.

-- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News