With reduced COVID-19 restrictions and ample water supply, public will enjoy better summer months this year

Published February 17, 2021, 11:48 PM

by Ben Rosario

With government determined to impose  less restrictive COVID-19 protocols soon, Metro Manila residents may expect to experience a more enjoyable summer since March 2020 with assurances of sufficient water that will last until the next rainy season.

(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. of the National Water Resouces Board told lawmakers on Wednesday that Angat Dam, main source of water in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite, has enough water for drinking, irrigation and power during the dry season that officially starts in less than two weeks.

“May sapat na water supply mula sa Angat dam.  May projection ang PAGASA (state weather agency) na maigsi ang dry season at makababalik agad sa normal ang dam pagdating ng ulan, (Angat dam has enough water supply.  PAGASA made a project that the dry season will be short and dam will go back to normal as soon as rains come in),” said Sevillo who appeared before a hearing Wednesday by the House Committee on Metro Manila Development.

There will be no shortage this summer, he assur

Lawmakers aired their concern over the water situation during the summer months.

Manila Rep. Manny Lopez said with Metro Manila relying on Angat river as its only water source, water shortage has been predicted  to “soon plague us” as early as the 1990’s.

This will happen if the development of other water sources is not pursued.

Lopez said Wawa Dam and the Laguna Lake may be developed as new water sources but the former has been taken over by a private firm while the latter’s viability remained on the drawing board.

“Who owns the Wawa Dam Projec and how is it being developed so far?” he asked as he stressed that a takeover of the dam by a private firm could be illegal.

On the other hand, Deputy Speaker and Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez underscored the need to determine the state of the watershed areas protecting Angat, Ipo and La Mesa Dams.  

“The viability of these watershed, especially Angat is at risk.  I believe it is time that we conduct an ocular inspection of the three dams to find out ourselves,” said Martinez.

Martinez said there were evidence of heavy siltation as evidenced by the turbidity issue at Angat during last year’s typhoon. Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. batted for immediate government action in its study of the viability of Laguna Lake as the next water source of Metro Manila.

 
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