Water interruptions to hit Metro Manila

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Residents of Metro Manila can expect another round of rotational water service interruptions starting Thursday, water concessionaires announced. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — Residents of Metro Manila can expect another round of rotational water service interruptions starting Thursday, water concessionaires announced.

West zone concessionaire Maynilad said the water service interruptions are due to the low levels of water sources Angat Dam and Ipo Dam.

Based on the weather bureau's latest update, Angat Dam's level is at 186.23 meters as of Wednesday morning. Its normal high water level is 210 meters. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration also said Ipo Dam's level is at 100.43 meters. Ipo Dam’s normal high water level is at 101 meters. Maynilad is also currently operating with only 40 cubic meters per second of water, less than its normal allocation of 48 CMS.

Here is Maynilad’s schedule of water service interruptions:

However, Maynilad said it can still clip the hours of the interruptions should its treatment facilities’ receive more water.

East Zone Concessionaire Manila Water will also implement service interruptions. Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said they will implement interruptions as Angat Dam’s water level is projected to continue to decrease in the next few months.

“The ideal level of Angat Dam by yearend is supposedly 212 but projections indicate that it’s going to be 182 so because of this, we will be implementing rotational interruptions so that we will be able to stretch the limited supply until next year especially for summer,” Sevilla told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom.

He added that the whole east zone will be affected. Sevilla said residents can expect these four to ten-hour interruptions only at nighttime.

“We are advising our customers actually not to hoard water or not to save too much water for their use because there's going to be water the next day,” he said.

Here is Manila Water’s service interruption schedule posted Monday:

Manila Water said it also has some water tankers ready to be delivered to affected customers if necessary and stationed static tanks in elevated areas.