(JUNE 25, 2019) – Metro Manila’s water concessionaires may seek additional water supply from water districts in nearby provinces as consumers in the metropolis scramble to cope with another water supply crisis.
Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Administrator Jeci Lapus made the suggestion during the House oversight hearing on the water shortage issuem
“Ang measures that could be taken is to touch base with local water districts surrounding Metro Manila to assist the needs of the city,” he said.
“Pero ang Metro Manila, 2-million households. Ang nasa Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan naman is only about 950,000 households so kung makakahingi po sila ng water, wala pang 1/2 o 1/3 of the need of the city [ang mabibigay],” Lapus added.
He then asked Manila Water Company and Maynilad Water Services to help transport the water from nearby provinces such as Laguna, Cavite, and Bulacan.
Maynilad and Manila Water top honchos Ramoncito Fernandez and Ferdinand dela Cruz, respectively, welcomed LWUA’s suggestion.
“We welcome any additional supply to support the supply deficit of Angat [Dam]. We’ll find a way to transport the water to us,” Dela Cruz said during the inquiry.
SUPPORT FROM LGUs
Meanwhile, Maynilad Corporate Communications head Jennifer Rufo on Tuesday called on local government units to help the company enforce water conservation measures among its customers.
“I think the issue here is we really need the support of LGUs because the concessionaires cannot really do the enforcement. All we can do is suggest to barangay officials,” she said in an interview with One News’ Agenda.
State weather bureau PAGASA earlier announced that the recovery of Angat Dam, which was recorded at 158.77 meters this morning, would take up to three months.