Resident of Barangay Pook Pag-Asa in IBP Road, Batasan Hills, Quezon City lined up for water ration from Manila Waters,
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Feeling the pressure from President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching order to immediately release water, the
Manila Water Inc. has announced on Friday that the water supply interruptions in Metro Manila and Rizal province may be resolved before the end of the summer months.
In their statement, “Manila Water continues to make calibrations in these adjustments to ensure that extended service interruptions will not last for the entire summer.”
However, this statement is contrary to the previous statement made by the concessionaire that the water shortage will prevail throughout summer due to the declining water level of La Mesa Dam.
But President Duterte warned that those who fail to comply with the President’s directive will be held accountable.
Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo said, “The President is directing the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to demand from the Manila Water Company, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and other responsible offices to release water from Angat Dam by noon time today, March 15, good for 150 days, in order to supply the affected areas in Metro Manila and deliver, as well as distribute sufficient water to the residents thereof.”
“Failure to act or comply with this directive, the President will personally go to them and make the responsible officers account for such failure,” he added.
But the recent update from the Manila Water, the customers in the east zone of Metro Manila have been experiencing improved water supply due to a water rationing scheme.
“Our customers of east zone concessionaire Manila Water began to feel the positive effects of the rotational water supply scheme which began last Thursday,” Manila Water said.
They added, “The company said the operational adjustments are a temporary measure to balance water supply distribution in its concession area which will eventually result in more definite hours of water availability and the water pressure is expected to improve in the coming days as reservoirs are “continually refilled to enable water to reach highly elevated areas.”
They also reminded their customers of the imminent water discoloration due to low water pressure.
“As we continue the restoration of water supply within our service area, customers may experience water discoloration. This normally happens when pressure & supply adjustments are done.”