Forecasts from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and other international climate agencies showed a looming El Niño starting June of this year, the effects of which will be felt during the last quarter of 2014 and may extend up to the first quarter of 2015.
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its two concessionaires, Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water), for the East Zone and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) for the West Zone, assure its customers that adequate water supply will continue to be available even at the height of El Niño.
The water protocol prioritizes releases for domestic consumption should the water level in Angat Dam reach the critical level of 180 meters.
We believe that the strict enforcement of this protocol, together with our infrastructure investments, service improvements and contingency measures, will allow us to mitigate any impact of El Niño on our water services.
Use water wisely and responsibly
Whether or not there is El Niño, water should be treated as a valuable resource. We urge everyone to use it wisely and responsibly to help protect our supply. We encourage everyone to practise the following tips:
· Always make sure that taps/faucets are tightly closed.
· Regularly check your pipes for leaks and have them repaired immediately.
· Recycle water. For example, water used to wash dishes may be reused for flushing the toilet.
· When doing laundry by hand, soak heavily soiled clothes first to remove dirt easily. Use a basin or wash tub with the right amount of water. Don’t let the basin overflow under a running tap.
· When doing the laundry by washing machine, wash with full load only every other day. Use the necessary amount of detergent so that less rinsing is required.
· When bathing, use a pail and dipper instead of the shower.
· Turn off tap while washing, shaving or brushing teeth. Use a glass of water for gargling.
· Instead of using running water, fill a basin with water to soak and clean fruits and vegetables or even to rinse dishes.
· Do not thaw frozen food under a running tap. Bring out frozen food early enough to thaw at room temperature before cooking.
· Water plants, garden, or lawn during cooler parts of the day like early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
· When washing the car, use a pail not a water hose, and a cotton rag instead of a sponge.
Report leaks, illegal connections, defective meters and unauthorized withdrawal of water from fire hydrants.
922-2969 / 922-3757