By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Imelda “Imee” Marcos on Sunday urged Maynilad and Manila Water to provide policy makers their comprehensive master plan to combat the water shortage now gripping Metro Manila.
Marcos said it was important for both water concessionaires to publicize their master plan after the two firms announced water service interruption in their respective services last October 24.
“Hindi pa naman summer bakit may water shortage na? Nasaan ang plano ng Maynilad at Manila Water sa nangyayaring water crisis?(It’s not yet summer yet why are we having a water shortage already? Where’s the master plan of Maynilad and Manila Water for this water crisis?)” Marcos pointed out.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) earlier reported that Angat Dam’s level was at 186.23 meters last Wednesday. This is below the normal high-water level of 210 meters.
On Thursday, Maynilad has started a water rotation schedule due to the low water levels at both the Angat and Ipo Dams.
Marcos said both water concessionaires should not wait for heavy rains to occur to resolve the issue.
The senator said the country will face a greater water crisis once summer sets in next year if the water concessionaires fail to fix the issue.
Under the concession agreement, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System ( MWSS) had given Maynilad 37 years to manage, operate, repair and refurbish all fixed and movable assets for water and sewerage services in the west area.
MWSS, on the other hand, gave Manila Water exclusive rights in the east service also for 37 years of operation.
Marcos insisted that the masterplan should contain details on how they plan to build additional water reservoir that will catch rain water during typhoons.
“Sa haba ng panahon na ipinagkaloob ng MWSS sa dalawang water companies, dapat mag-isip-isip naman sila ng paraan para hindi napepeste at napupwerhisyo ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa mga ospital na kailangan ng sapat na suplay ng tubig (for the longest time that the MWSS has given these two water companies, they should have come up with plans on how to ease the burden of our citizens, particularly our hospitals who are in dire need of a continuous supply of water),” she said.
There are about 15 million customers of Maynilad and Manila Water who are affected by the water shortage.
These include residents of Mandaluyong, Maynila, Marikina, Navotas, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Makati, Las Piñas, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Parañaque, Pasay city at Quezon City, Rizal, Cavite at ilang bayan sa Bulacan.