The Manila Water Company Inc. assured the public that the drinking water it supplies is safe and potable even during the rainy season.
Ferdinand dela Cruz, Manila Water’s director for Corporate Strategic Affairs Group, said measures are in place to ensure that the water it provides its customers in Metro Manila’s East Zone concession area is clean, safe and potable and fully compliant with the stringent microbiological and chemical quality standards as set in the Philippine National Standard for Drinking Water (PNSDW).
Dela Cruz noted that they have repaired leaks, inspected water lines and did monthly water quality checks even before the official start of the rainy season last June 10.
“Manila Water also provides technical assistance to depressed communities, where individual connections sometimes traverse creeks and drainage, to ensure that the water they get from their taps is clean, safe and potable,” Dela Cruz said.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) cautioned residents of Metro Manila that the risk of water contamination is higher during rainy season, especially when water pipes are submerged in floodwaters.
PNSDW requires that the total coliform must not be detectable in any 100 milligrams sample of water.
“Manila Water has consistently passed the PNSDW requirements, a testament to the company’s proactive measures and strict compliance to the standards to ensure that its customers get the service they fully deserve,” Dela Cruz said.
He said Manila Water is also prepared to provide assistance to communities in need of water in case of flooding.
JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ