Metro Manila’s water demand at all-time high due to hot weather

Published June 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Madelaine B. Miraflor

While water remains essential in beating COVID-19 throughout the metropolis and the entire country, Metro Manila’s demand for this commodity has reached an all-time high over the past weeks also particularly due to extreme heat.

The good news is Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s (MWSS) concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc., will keep the same level of raw water allocation they get from the 53-year old Angat Dam.

Metro Manila, home to 12 million people, gets 97 percent of its water needs from Angat Dam, which is being distributed by Manila Water and Maynilad.

In a statement, MWSS Administrator Emmanuel Salamat said the agency’s water allocation would be maintained at 48 cubic meters per second (CMS) until the end of June 2020, as requested by MWSS to the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

The “overriding reason” to the request, according to him, was to ensure that “water supply is available in protecting human health against COVID-19 and to sustain the current water system demands that are at an all-time high due to higher than normal temperatures for this time of year”.

Nevertheless, MWSS requested its two concessionaires to implement an equitable distribution of water allocation to make sure to deliver better services and support government efforts during the period of General Community Quarantine (GCQ), a much relaxed form of COVID-19 lockdown.