By Madelaine B. Miraflor
Despite the onset of the dry season and the reported low water level at the La Mesa Dam, Metro Manila is far from having water shortage.
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said this as he explained that the main water source of supply for Metro Manila is the Angat and Ipo dams.
Moreover, he said that the decrease in the water level of La Mesa Dam is a normal occurrence during the dry season where rainfall is nil, if not minimal, and water evaporation is high.
“Despite the extreme hot weather, Angat Dam’s water level remains high at 194.3 meters which is 14 meter higher than its required level of 180 meters. So there is adequate water supply to meet domestic and industrial demand in Metro Manila,” Velasco said
Velasco made the assurance to customers of Manila Water and Maynilad following his meeting yesterday with Maynilad President Ramoncito Fernandez and Manila Water COO Ding Carpio to resolve the technical issues over raw water supply allocation due tom increase demand of water by consumers during the summer months.
He also reported that the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has committed to increase water allocation from Angat Dam to La Mesa Dam by 172 million liters per day (MLD) on top of the regular 4,000 MLD to cover the water in Metro Manila and its environs.
Per the concession agreement, Maynilad is allocated 60 percent share of water while Manila Water, 40 percent.
NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David confirmed the assurance made by MWSS Velasco.
“The water reserve from Angat Dam is still enough to supply the overall needs of the residents in Metro Manila and the irrigation needs in nearby Luzon during this hot and dry season but of course, I call on everyone to conserve and preserve water – which is one of our basic commodities,” Sevillo said.
NWRB is expecting the early onset of rainy season, as forecasted by the weather agency PAGASA.
Meanwhile, to address possible water interruptions and complement the water supply from the La Mesa Dam reservoir, Manila Water Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla said that its Rizal Water Supply Improvement Project due to be finished this year would be tapped to augment the demand of water consumers.