Group warns of adverse effects of climate change on water supply

Published March 14, 2019, 7:30 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

As some Metro Manila households struggle to get through several days of water scarcity issues, a climate and energy policy group cautioned that climate change would only exacerbate water security risks.

Renato Redentor Constantino ( / MANILA BULLETIN)
Renato Redentor Constantino ( / MANILA BULLETIN)

Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Manila-based Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said “climate change would only intensify existing challenges in securing our water supply, particularly in urban and agricultural areas.”

He pointed out that PAGASA has already projected large variabilities in rainfall and dry seasons, which would be amplified by climate impacts.

“Water scarcity is an annual concern especially during the summer season, which is why it is alarming that residents in areas of Metro Manila have not had water for almost a week now,” Constantino said.

Around 52,000 households under the east zone concession of Manila Water have already endured a week without water.

“It is high time that government takes a deeper look into how salinization, land and forest degradation, and other creeping impacts of climate change are baked into the government plans and budgets,” Constantino said.

“More coordination and foresight is required among government, suppliers and regulators, but there is still time to address the challenges we face and stave off a full-blown water crisis,” he added.