By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) foresees an improvement in the situation in the coming weeks as far as the water service interruptions in Metro Manila is concerned.
The additional water supply from the National Water Resource Board (NWRB), Maynilad Water, including the water treatment plant of Manila Water in Cardona, Rizal could help assuage the current situation in Metro Manila, DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said.
DENR has already coordinated with the three water agencies to help parts of the metropolis experiencing water shortage—specifically the areas being serviced by Manila Water—with a total additional water supply of 180 million liter a day (MLD) that will be obtained by April.
“Within [a] week or two, the water service will be back to normal,” Antiporda said.
He said that Manila Water’s Cardona water treatment facility is expected to yield 22 MLD by the end of March before reaching a capacity yield of 50 MLD by April.
The official bared that the three agencies met at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) office in Quezon City last Thursday where Maynilad committed to allocate some 20 MLD to MWCI by the end of March, and to increase it to 50 MLD by April.
From the NWRB side, Antiporda said the agency projects an additional allocation of 30 MLD by April with the reactivation of deep wells.
The MWSS will be responsible for operating the deep wells, Antiporda added.
He said the NWRB likewise expects another 50 MLD to be sourced from the deep wells after April, for a total of 80 MLD.
“We expect a big improvement in the situation, not go worse,” Antiporda said.
As of Saturday, the La Mesa Dam’s water level is still under critical level at 68.70 meters. It went further down from the 68.72-meter elevation last Friday.