AN environmental group promoting zero waste has appealed to Metro Manila’s 12 million people to conserve water amid the sweltering summer heat.
The EcoWaste Coalition aired its appeal after the National Water Resources Board approved last week the reduction of Metro Manila’s share of water from Angat Dam due to the dwindling water levels in the reservoir.
Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan is the major source of water supply for the bustling metropolis.
“Like in previous years, we can expect the water levels in Angat and other dams to decline during the summer season due to lack of rains,” said Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition coordinator.
“We can avoid the possibility of yet another water crisis by making some small adjustments in the way we consume water, a precious but finite resource,” Lucero said.
“Saving water will significantly slash our water bill and also make sure that every household will have access to this vital resource,” she added.
“For example, everyone should be a leak detective and ensure that all leaky faucets and pipes are duly repaired as one drip of water every second is said to add up to five gallons a day,” Lucero said.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City Administrator, Engr. Allan Cachuela, immediately called for contingency plans to ensure that the Muntinlupeños will not suffer much water shortage during the service interruptions scheduled by Maynilad Water Services this Holy Week.
Maynilad announced water interruptions from April 16 to 18, due to the construction of interceptor drainage box culvert by the Department of Public Highways on Blumentritt street which will cross Maynilad’s water pipe on the corner of Juan Luna and Hermosa street in Manila, a move that will affect Metro Manila.
Initially, Cachuela will write to all the barangay chairmen to encourage them to plan their contingency plans for their communities, together with the mobilization of water tankers, fire trucks in cooperation with private groups with water tanks to assure continuous water supply.
The city administrator’s task force will enjoin all communities to store water as early as now. Water ration will be provided to augment the household needs of residents in depressed communities.
Cachuela assured Muntinlupeños that all the services of the city will continue in unity with the acting mayor, Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac, who will “work as usual.”
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi is now on an official trip with other mayors attending the “Pro-poor global case study on social inclusion in Medellin,” but is in constant communication with his staff. Other members of the Philippine delegation are mayors Jose Enrique Garcia of Balanga, Bataan; Ericson Singson of Candon, Lina Montilla of Tacurong City, Evelyn Uy of Dipolog City and Voner delos Reyes of the League of Cities of the Philippines.
Fresnedi is the only Metro Manila mayor joining the conference, he is also the Vice-president for the National Capital Region of the League of Cities of the Philippines. He said attending international conferences is one step to regain Muntinlupa City’s international relations.