Manila Water: Less than 10% waterless

Posted at 10/03/09 7:10 PM

MANILA - Manila Water announced Saturday that less than 10% of the water service connections affected at the onset of Typhoon 'Ondoy' remain waterless.

In a press release, Manila Water said that 6,150 connections, out of the 68,000 Water supply connections affected, have supply problems in Rodriguez, San Mateo, Marikina and Cainta.

Water pressure is expected to be restored in these areas by late evening Saturday, Manila Water said.

"While all facilities of Manila Water are already online, the huge demand and simultaneous usage of water in the affected areas make it difficult for water pressure to build up and supply the elevated portions of the concession area," said Ranny Habaluyas, media relations manager of Manila Water.

A total of 78 barangays were severely affected coming from Taguig (18), Marikina (30), Pasig (16) and Rizal Province (14).

"We will be offering payment terms spread over months so we will not disconnect them. These, however, are only for the barangays listed with MWSS," Habaluyas said.

Meanwhile, 22 water tankers have been delivering potable drinking water round-the-clock to evacuation centers in the affected areas.

The company is also desludging septic tanks of evacuation centers to prevent diseases. Tankers with treated wastewater are being fielded to clean roads.

Four mobile treatment plants were also deployed to Pasig, Taytay, and Binan, Laguna to augment the supply of drinking water.

The mobile treatment plants, capable of producing 4,000 liters of potable water per day, can treat raw water or even floodwater and convert it to potable drinking water.

Manila Water also coordinated with the Bureau of Fire Protection by identifying water refilling stations for BFP tankers.

"These include the Kingsville Pumping Station along Marcos Highway in Antipolo, Pasig Pumping Station, Commonwealth Avenue near Puregold and near Ever Gotesco in Ortigas, Cainta," Habaluyas said.