By Mario Casayuran
Senator Richard J. Gordon urged Saturday East Zone water concessionaire Manila Water to speed up upgrading its water collection and distribution system, as well as their search for other water sources as the current water shortage is affecting thousands of families in Metro Manila.
“When will Manila Water finish its projects? They should immediately look for other water sources. Maynilad (the other water concessionaire) has water sources. They should also speed up upgrading their water collection and distribution system, check their pipelines for leakages. If pipes are leaking, there would really be an increase in their consumers’ demand, which is one of the reasons they cited,” he said.
Gordon also called on Maynilad and other water tanker owners to lend water tankers to Manila Water to speed up the delivery of water to residents affected by the water interruption implemented by the East Zone water concessionaire to ensure that their water supply could last until June since the water level in La Mesa Dam has dropped due to the effects of the El Nino phenomenon.
The water interruption is implemented in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Marikina; the municipality of Pateros; parts of Makati, Manila, and Quezon City; and the towns of Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililia, Rodriguez, Tanay, Taytay, Teresa, San Mateo and Antipolo in the province of Rizal.
Gordon assured that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) would help provide clean and potable water to the thousands of families affected but hospitals must be prioritized to ensure that healthcare services would not be interrupted and to avoid health complications, such as sepsis, a type of blood infection.
He said he has deployed eight tankers to six hospitals namely the Rizal Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, National Center for Mental Health, and Mandaluyong City Medical Center.