WATER-SHARING | Maynilad opens cross-border valve to divert water to Manila Water consumers

4 days ago

MARCH 15, 2019 — Water utility company Maynilad has started sharing water to Manila Water in an effort to ease the water shortage in the eastern part of Metro Manila and in nearby provinces.

Maynilad said the move is necessary to supply water in affected areas as Manila Water expects the water shortage to last until May when the rainy season begins.

Cross-border valves were first opened in West Avenue and Bulacan Street in Quezon City where water officials said they could easily source water amounting to 2 million liters each day without using pipes.

“Nakasara po talaga iyan kasi hiwalay ang concession ng dalawa. Dati po iisa iyan noong Nawasa pa. May metro na nagme-measure ng flow from Maynilad’s end to Manila Water. Kasama po iyan sa concession agreement na mag-share ng water in cases of emergency,” Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez said.

Maynilad officials will also open additional four cross-border valves in Taguig and Parañaque cities to fulfill its committed water supply of 50 million liters per day (MLD) to Manila Water.

Manila Water will source water from its Cardona Plant to fill 25-percent of its deficiency. The water company said the remaining water requirement will come from deep wells.

With the water shortage expected to last over a month, water officials urge consumers to conserve water as they examine water proposals, including lowering water pressure in all concessionaire areas.

“Ilo-lower po namin yung pressure para ma-extend natin yung supply sa mas maraming nako-cover na area. At kailangan magsakripisyo po ng konti yung iba kasi yung nasa mataas na lugar kailangan nating hatiran,” Manila Water President and CEO Ferdinand Dela Cruz said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the MWSS to release water from Angat Dam, enough for 150 days starting noon on Friday.

However, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said the agency is already distributing 4,000 MLD of Angat Dam water each day covering that period.

“Pikon na rin siya. I think the recommendation given to him is not the right recommendation that is why I called Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea and asked him to brief the president on what the real situation is,” Velasco said.

The MWSS official said the agency is also expanding the capacity of the dam’s aqueducts to hold up to 4,800 MLD.