By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The water being supplied to Metro Manila households remains safe to drink, according to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System ((MWSS).
In a statement issued last Friday, MWSS assured Metro Manila residents that the drinking water supplied by its concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water, is safe and compliant with the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water.
MWSS said it maintains the manning of Umiray-Angat-Ipo Dam and existing waterworks and water conveyance systems to ensure a continuous water supply amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The agency pointed out the importance of water availability in undertaking preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus.
To ensure the unimpeded delivery of essential water-related activities and services, and continuous operation of treatment plants throughout the public health emergency, MWSS has endorsed the exemption of its concessionaire employees’ from travel restrictions.
Those exempted are personnel involved in the management of water-related goods, importation, domestic transport and sale of equipment, devices, and chemicals;, personnel involved in the management of employees and service providers such as contractors, haulers, and related service providers; and personnel of contractors that perform indirect services such as security, sales, technical and other support personnel as well as employees of third-party contractors during sales, installation, maintenance, and essential repair works.
The National Water Resources. Board has earlier approved the request of MWSS to increase the concessionaires’ allocation of water coming from Angat Dam.
The increased allocation from 42 cubic meters per second to 46 cubic meters per second or 4,000 million liters per day would allow 24-hour water supply in some areas and reduce water service interruptions in major parts of the MWSS service area.
MWSS however appealed to the public to store just enough water to ensure that there will still be sufficient water supply until the next rainy season.