By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
To temporarily address the ongoing water shortage, the local government of Mandaluyong City has requested the Manila Water to deploy water tanks in affected barangays in the city.
“Nagrerequest kami sa kanila ng static tanks… to be installed dun sa mga barangays para yung mga firetrucks namin dun na lang ilalagay at dun na lang kukuha ang mga tao,” said Jimmy Isidro, city public information office chief.
(We are requesting static water tanks (from Manila Water) to be installed on affected barangays in which will be filled by our firetrucks, so people can just fetch their water from the tanks.)
Isidro also told The Manila Bulletin that the city government, headed by Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos, was asking for a clarification on what specific areas are really affected by the shortage.
“Kini-clear namin kung ano talaga yung mga areas sa amin, out of 27 barangays, yung mahina o wala kasi para magkaroon kami ng specific rationing,” Isidro said after the emergency meeting held at the city hall on Monday.
(We are clarifying [from Manila Water] the areas, out of 27 barangays, that will experience low pressure to no water in order for us to [have information] on specific [water] rationing.)
“We also already issued an advisory requesting our constituents to save water,” he added.
Manila Water announced last week that their concessionaires will experience low pressure to no water supply for hours due to the limited supply of water at La Mesa Dam.
The limited amount of rainfall caused the water level in the dam to dip to its critical level recently.
According to the water distribution company, the barangays affected in Mandaluyong City are Addition Hills, Barangka Drive, Barangka Ibaba, Barangka Ilaya, Barangka Itaas, Buayang Bato, Highway Hills, Hulo, Malamig, Mauway, Plainview, Pleasant Hills, and Wack-Wack.
Meanwhile, Fire Supt. Christine Cula, city fire marshal, said that they will continue to dispatch their firetrucks to deliver water on residents affected by the shortage.
“As of Monday, four firetrucks from the Bureau of Fire Protection are delivering water to affected barangays in the city,” Cula said.
She also advised residents that the water distributed by the firetrucks was not safe for drinking.