AS dozens of provinces reel from the dry spell brought by a strong El Niño, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) further reduced the water allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
Dr. Sevillo David Jr., NWRB executive director, said water allocation to the MWSS will be reduced this month to 36 centimeters (cms) from the previous 38 cms.
He said the move is part of the agency’s preparation for the impact of El Niño and to ensure adequate supply next year.
As for the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the NWRB approved a standby allocation of 10cms between October 16 and 31.
David said this is in consideration of the request of NIA to irrigate standing crops of around 14,000 hectares valued at P1.19 billion.
“This will not be released if there will be rains in the area. Cloud seeding operation is also being prepared to address the requirement,” said David.
Maynilad said with the 36 cms allocation, the number of its customers affected by reduced supply availability and pressure may increase.
It said its current seven-hour daily water service interruption may be lengthened.
“This is assuming that no rains will fall at the Ipo Dam, which helps to alleviate reduced allocations from Angat Dam,” Maynilad said in a statement.
But with the weather bureau’s forecast of a brewing tropical depression that will bring rains in Central Luzon on Friday, Maynilad expects increased water level at Ipo Dam.
“This will enable us to maintain current production level until Wednesday next week, October 7,” it added.
Maynilad, however, said Ipo Dam has a small holding capacity.
The company assured its customers in Metro Manila that they will continue to have water for their daily needs through the summer months of 2016 despite the strong El Niño.