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Water supply sufficient amid health crisis

According to MWSS, the country has enough water supply during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

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Despite water service interruptions due to the depleting supply at the capital’s reservoirs, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s (MWSS) top official said the country will not face another water crisis while it is facing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to MWSS administrator Emmanuel Salamat, the country has enough water supply during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

“We are assuring the public that we have sufficient water supply. We have also requested the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to increase our water allocation,” Salamat said.

“Ensuring enough water supply is our contribution to fight this health crisis by proper sanitation. We make sure that our water is safe and complies with the Philippine National Drinking Standard,” he added.

MWSS is seeking an additional water allocation from the current 42 cubic meters per second (cms) to 46 cms as water consumption is seen hiking up in the coming days.

Based on the MWSS monitoring, the rate of water service interruptions of the two water concessionaires — Manila Water Company and Maynilad Services Inc. — was reduced from 67 percent to 87 percent.

Nevertheless, the water concessionaires will still continue to implement water service interruption in some areas to prevent a widespread and serious shortage.

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