Water service interruption may start on Thursday, Manila Water says

Residents line up in Mandaluyong to collect water. <i>Photo: Mark Demayo/ABS-CBN News</i>
Residents line up in Mandaluyong to collect water. Photo: Mark Demayo/ABS-CBN News

Several cities in Metro Manila will have their water supply cut off on Thursday if the water level at Angat Dam continues to fall, Manila Water announced today in an official advisory.

The concessionaire also said that water interruptions could continue through December should the water level in Angat fail to rise to 212 meters by the end of this year.

The affected areas include Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Marikina City, Manila, Pasig City, Parañaque City, Quezon City, San Juan City, and Taguig City. The water interruption could last for as long as 9 hours.

Below is the schedule of planned interruptions:

In March this year, a water crisis gripped Metro Manila and nearby areas after Manila Water restricted the supply to its clients, citing the El Niño weather phenomenon. Their decision left 1.2 million customers, including hospitals, scrambling to find alternative sources. Because of the interruptions, Manila Water was fined PHP1 billion by the government in April.

The Angat Dam’s water level currently stands at 186.46 meters as of today. It needs to reach 212 meters by the end of the year to ensure an adequate water supply to Metro Manila and nearby areas through the hottest months of April and May.

 

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