Water interruptions in Metro Manila and parts of Rizal would continue throughout the summer season as the water level at the La Mesa Dam continues to decline, local reports said, quoting Manila Water Co. Inc.
"Itong mga water interruptions po na ito ay magpe-persist buong summer hanggang sa dumating 'yung ulan hanggang sa tumaas po ulit ang mga tubig sa mga dams natin lalong lalo na sa La Mesa Dam," Manila Water’s head of corporate communications Jeric Sevilla Jr. told radio DZMM.
(Water interruptions will persist during the entire summer season until the rainy season begins and our dams are filled with water again, particularly La Mesa Dam.)
Manila Water communications manager Dittie Galang said the water company could not make any assurances as to when normal water supply would return.
As of Monday, the water level in the reservoir exceeded the critical level of 69 meters above sea level. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned it might further go down because of higher demand.
Being an earth dam, La Mesa has an ideal water level of 80 meters.
Last week, several households in the metropolis complained of an unexpected water interruption following the dam’s water level touched its lowest in 12 years.
At least 260 villages – or more than 50,000 households – are affected by limited water supply in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City as of writing.
Manila Water has apologized to its customers for cutting water supply unexpectedly but appealed to the public for understanding.
"Para mapagkasya po itong natitirang supply nagpapatupad po tayo netong mga low-water or no-water across the concession area (To meet everyone's needs, we are implementing low-water or no-water across the concession area),” Sevilla said.
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