Metro Manila residents to face rotational water supply as summer nears

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21)— With summer just around the corner, a fresh round of water supply interruptions is seen to affect millions of Metro Manila residents anew.

Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water have started implementing a rotational water supply scheme since October, but these interruptions may be felt more with the anticipated increase in temperature.

“Since temperatures are beginning to rise as summer approaches, we expect demand to increase as well,” Manila Water said in a statement.

“To better prepare (for) this, further operational adjustments may be made and may already result to low pressure or service interruption in the announced affected areas,” it added.

The east zone concessionaire noted the interruptions may be felt as early as this week.

West zone concessionaire Maynilad also warned of limited supply for customers once the hot season kicks off.

“The assurance is no customer will have no water for 24 hours. However, they will get limited supply for a few hours only on a daily basis,” Maynilad Corporate Communications head Jennifer Rufo told CNN Philippines Thursday.

Last year’s water shortage crisis in the metro has prompted officials to look for alternative sources of water.

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Water concessionaires, for their part, have also begun to look for alternatives, with demand expected to spike as early as March.

“We are exploring existing small rivers in Cavite where we'll draw water from those rivers to add to the supply that we can distribute to our customers,” Rufo added.

Both Maynilad and Manila Water are also in the middle of negotiations for a new concession agreement with the government, which officials said may be finalized in the middle of the year.

CNN Philippines' Sandra Zialcita contributed to this report.