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Manila Water, Maynilad prepare for reduced Angat water allocation

March 1 ------ Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) concessionaires said they are taking necessary preparations in anticipation of potential water supply reductions sourced from Angat Dam due to El Niño. The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) recently planned on deducting the water allocation for MWSS because of Angat Dam’s decreasing trend since the beginning of the year.  


The board shared on Thursday, Feb. 29,  that they must lower the Angat supply from 50 cubic meters per second (cm/s) in March, down to 46 or 48 in the coming months to maintain the dam’s minimum operating level, a crucial mitigation process during the dry season. While the change of amount is subject to a thorough discussion between the board and other organizations involved, this meant that Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. would have to adjust according to the possible effects of the lower Angat supply. 


Dittie L. Galang, Manila Water’s corporate communications head, said that they were already expecting the board to reduce the supply allocation, and have already made their plan of action to lessen the inconvenience to the eastern Metro Manila consumers. “We’ve been planning for contingencies way ahead of the onset [since early last year], through regular maintenance of facilities, water lines, and equipment and continuous non-revenue water [NRW]  recovery through aggressive leak repairs and pipe replacement projects,” she said. 


In case the NWRB did finalize reducing its Angat water delivery to the concessionaires, Manila Water has augmented new water sources, such as two water treatment plants (WTP) which draw supply from Laguna Lake. 




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