MANILA, Philippines – Some 155 barangays or villages in Metro Manila and Rizal province will experience 7 hours of weaker water flow starting Monday, September 21, until further notice.
Affected villages are located in Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Parañaque, San Juan and Taguig. In Rizal, affected villages are in Antipolo City and the towns of Cainta, Angono, and Taytay.
These are areas far from Manila Water facilities or are at high elevations.
The lower-than-normal water pressure will be experienced from 10 pm to 5 am starting Monday.
Full list of affected Manila Water villages:
Manila Water is the second major water concessionaire in Metro Manila and Greater Manila, servicing the East Zone.
The inconvenience faced by the Manila Water villages pales in comparison to the inconvenience awaiting Maynilad-services villages.
Some 900 villages, or 56% of Maynilad's coverage area, will begin experiencing 7 hours without water daily starting today, September 16.
"We seek the understanding of those affected by the necesssary convenience," said Manila Water's head of corporate communications Jeric Sevilla. (READ: 9 everyday chores you can do using less water)
"We are implementing these service interruptions to help extend the supply from Angat until the second quarter of 2016," he added.
The strong El Niño in the tropical Pacific is expected to lead to below-normal rainfall in most parts of the country until mid-2016.
To prepare for the particularly dry months of December to April, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) reduced the water allocated to Manila Water and Maynilad for distribution to households.
The water is sourced from Angat and La Mesa dams which face below-normal levels due to the ongoing drought.
NWRB's decision forced the two concessionaires to adjust their distribution, necessitating the water interruptions and lowering of water pressure.
Both concessionaires and the government urged the public to use water wisely. Those facing hours without water are encouraged to store water one to two days before the water interruption. – Rappler.com
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