Limited water from Angat to affect Maynilad customers

Posted at 05/16/14 11:07 AM

MANILA – Maynilad Water Services Inc. on Friday advised its customers of possible service interruption due to lower water supply from Angat Dam.

Cherubim Ocampo, Maynilad Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications, said the pressure of water coming into the service firm's reservoir was only at 38 to 39 cubic meters per second (cumecs) as of Thursday afternoon.

Ocampo explained that this is lower than the normal flow of 42 cumecs.

''Mabilis [ang pagbaba] dahil ang ating reservoir, kapag patuloy na hindi nare-replenish ng sapat na water supply, mauubos at mauubos din po iyon,'' Ocampo said.

Ocampo said consumers from elevated areas and those at the periphery of the distribution networks will particularly experience easing of pressure of water supply.

Maynilad manages the water services of the western zone of Metro Manila.

Ocampo said Maynilad was not notified by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) regarding the lowering of water allocation.

''Wala kaming nakuhang advance notice. Noong sukatin namin ang dating ng tubig at paglabas ng tubig mula sa Angat Dam, saka na lang namin napansin na mababa pala sa 42 cumecs ang nakukuha namin,'' Ocampo said.

''Inalerto na natin ang NWRB tungkol dito, kasi kung patuloy itong nangyayari, babagsak ang ating water reservoir at maaapektuhan ang customers."

Water level at the Angat Dam continues to plummet. As of 6 a.m. today, its water level was at 178.88 meters above sea level.

Ocampo said Maynilad has started making system adjustments. Only after this can Maynilad determine the specific areas that will be affected by the service interruptions.

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David, Jr., meanwhile, said the board has not yet made any decision to lower the allocation for Maynilad.

''Ika-clarify natin kung bakit nagkaroon ng release na 38 to 39 [cumecs]. Tingin natin dyan baka nagkaroon ng operational issue sa pagre-release ng tubig,'' David said.

''Ang pagre-release ng allocation sa tubig ng Angat Dam eh base sa mga abiso na ibinibigay ng NWRB. So sa ngayon walang abisong binibigay."