The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned the public of a weak El Niño in 2019, which will delay the onset of the rainy season and, consequently, affect the water supply situation in the country.
Maynilad is in constant coordination with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to ensure that it gets its normal raw water allocation from the Angat Dam—the major source of raw water for Metro Manila—so it can sustain the water requirements of its customers despite the weak El Niño.
Maynilad has also been continuously enhancing its operational efficiencies and is implementing infrastructure improvements to prepare for the impact of El Niño events. Since the last strong El Niño in 2010, the company has built additional reservoirs to boost water-storage capacity, pumping stations to better manage supply in the network, and water treatment facilities to increase available water supply for distribution to its customers.
Aside from these, Maynilad also has mitigating measures in place in case the NWRB will be constrained to reduce Maynilad’s raw water allocation in an effort to manage water level in Angat Dam. Among these are water pressure management, prompt repair of pipe leaks, and extension of operating hours of our pumping stations.
The company is also encouraging its customers to do their part in the water conservation effort through efficient use of water
Let us all work together this El Niño season. Use water responsibly, and promptly report illegal connections and pipe leaks to Maynilad.