Maynilad, Manila Water promise sufficient supply in M. Manila amid health emergency

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water assured the public on Thursday (March 12) that water supply remains sufficient amid ongoing health crisis due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The water companies noted, however, that regular water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby areas will still be in effect to ensure even distribution of water reserve in Angat Dam.

Health experts are constantly reminding the public of proper hand washing and other hygienic measures to combat COVID-19.

Specifically, washing of hands for 20 seconds is the best way recommended.

As dry season draws near, government experts are concerned of the depleting water supply in Angat Dam, the main source of domestic water for Metro Manila and nearby areas.

Thus, water concessionaires need to sustain service interruptions given that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has not forecast any possibility of sudden rainfall for next month.

“Meron tayong sapat na nirarasyon sa ating mga customers, (We have enough rations for our customers,)” noted Maynilad’s Assistant Manager for Media Relations Grace Laxa.

“Pero iyon nga mag-ipon sila kung iyong oras na itinakda sa kanilang lugar. Magipon sila ng sapat para sa kanila, (But we advise them to store enough water based on schedule. Store only what is enough for your needs,)” she added.

Meanwhile, Manila Water said they opted to impose service interruption in the evening so as not to affect their customers during peak hours in the morning.

“So ibig sahihin nito for most times of the day ay meron tayong tubig, (Meaning for most times of the day we will have water,)” explained Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said.

“So lahat ng gawaing bahay including disinfection, iyong madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay (ay gawin na) kasi iyan ang panahon na kumbaga labas pasok sa bahay ay may tubig, (So everything that you need to do like disinfection, proper hand washing, do it because that’s the time running water is available,)” he added.

Apart from rotational water service interruptions, water companies will also carry on with pipe repairs and additional deep well operations to augment water supply.

Amid the ongoing health crisis, the two water concessionaires appeal to their customers not to hoard water so as not to result into a more serious problem. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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