MORE than 355,000 households in Metro Manila may experience water interruption starting Sept. 7, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) said.
The NWRB warned that water supply interruption is inevitable if critical dams like Angat Dam, Ipo Dam, and La Mesa Dam are not replenished by rain this week and the coming months.
The agency said the projected water shortage could last till February 2016 due to the El Niño phenomenon, which currently hits the country.
From the estimated 355,500 households, Maynilad is servicing 18 percent or 230,000 while Manila Water services 9 percent or 125,000 households.
The homes that may experience water interruption for 12 hours a day are in the areas of:
The NWRB explained that these areas are likely to experience water disruptions because they are located in higher-elevated parts of Metro Manila.
NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo D. David Jr. said the adjusted water allocation for September is 38 cubic meters per second (cm/s), which is lower than the normal allocation of 41 cm/s.
He said the agency’s move is in preparation for even drier days ahead especially during the dry months of December to February next year, and the summer months.
“Because of stronger El Niño, we are preparing a schedule of allocation which is still subject to modification depending on the weather,” David said.
MWSS Senior Deputy Administrator Nathaniel Santos said the rest of Metro Manila households might experience reduced water pressure or weaker water flow.