Manila Water taps other sources to boost supply

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Manila Water Company Inc. was successful enough to boost its supply for the benefit of its more than 6 million customers in the East Zone concession area by tapping other sources, said Tuesday.

Jeric Sevilla, the concessionaire’s head of communications said an additional source by Manila Water is the Cardona Water Treatment Plant (WTP), which draws raw water from Laguna Lake and now produces 61 million liters per day.

The company was obliged to tap other sources of water since the National Water Resources Board has reduced the allocation to concessionaires of regulator Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from Angat Dam.

The treatment plant was able to dispense only 24 mld during its initial stages of operations last March. This means that the plant now produces more than 150% more water.

At full capacity, the plant can distribute potable water to around 800,000 people.

Notwithstanding the supply from additional resources Manila Water is still implementing rotational service interruption.

Sevilla stated it would “take long” to bring back the regular water supply to their customers as Angat Dam, which supplies 96 percent of Metro Manila’s water requirement, is currently down 20 meters from its minimum operating level of 180 meters.

As of Tuesday morning, the water level in Angat Dam recorded at 160.2 m.

Sevilla pointed out that the slight increase in water at Angat would not affect the distribution to customers as the NWRB maintained the water allocation to Metro Manila at 36 cubic meters per second (cms) from the usual 46 cms.

Aside from the treatment plant, Sevilla added the company is utilizing other sources to meet the needs of its customers.

Manila Water has also started its deep well resources which produce 55 mld to boost its Metro Manila operations.

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