INFOGRAPHIC: Tracing the water shortage in Metro Manila

Text by Kristine Sabillo; infographic by Pamela Ramos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2019 03:40 PM

Most of Metro Manila’s water comes from Angat Dam, as distributed by private water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad.

Angat Dam’s current water level, according to Maynilad, is at a manageable level. This is why Maynilad is not expecting any immediate water shortage on their part. Maynilad also gets 7 percent of its water supply from Laguna Lake and deep wells, besides Angat Dam.

Manila Water, on the other hand, has an average deficit of 140 million liters a day because of their increasing service connections.

Since 2016, Manila Water has relied on the buffer supply from La Mesa Dam to augment the deficit.

Manila Water’s La Mesa Dam reached its lowest level in 12 years last week. This means the company can no longer rely on their emergency supply of rain water collected from the La Mesa Watershed. 

And it his highly likely that the situation will improve until summer ends and the dam is refilled by rainwater.