MANILA – The daily water consumption of Manila Water consumers has increased by 100 million liters so far this year, compared to that of last year.
This is the reason seen by Manila Water as to the quick decline in La Mesa Dam’s water level.
At around 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the water level in La Mesa Dam was 78.39 meters. This is low compared to the normal level of 79.3 meters.
“Kung last year ang production namin due to demand is around 1450 mld daily, ngayon pumapalo na sya ng 1,525-1,550mld daily. So that’s additional 100 million liters a day na demand (If last year our production due to demand was around 1,450 mld daily, now it is around 1,525-1,550mld daily. So that’s additional demand of 100 million liters a day),” La Mesa headworks manager, Teddy Angeles said.
Manila Water will conduct an inspection on the water conduits from Angat Dam to La Mesa Dam to avoid leakage.
Manila water said this will not affect consumers for now. However, if the water level in La Mesa Dam continues to decline, Manila Water may lessen pressure.
“The worst kung magkaroon ng water interruption for rationing pero based on our projections until end of June pa yung 77 mari-reach with by that time siguro umuulan na,” Angeles added. (The worst, if there is water interruption for rationing. But based on our projections, the water level may reach 77 meters until end of June. Perhaps it’ll be rainy that time.)
Manila Water also said there must be additional water sources.
This is to prepare for the succeeding years since water consumption may double.
Manila Water supplies to 6 million households in the east zone of Metro Manila.
“Use it wisely, report for any leak na nakikita nila sa kalye (seen on streets ) or even illegal connection,” Angeles said.
The National Water Resources Board said there is enough water reserve in Angat Dam.
The board is willing to increase water allocation if needed in La Mesa Dam. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue