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In an effort to ensure that alternative water supplies will be available to more than 400,000 residents living in parts of Metro Manila and Cavite, Acting Chief Regulator Emmanuel Caparas of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Regulatory Office deployed a monitoring team as the scheduled 4-day waterless Holy Week reeled off  today.

“We have deployed our monitoring team to assess the situation on the ground and assure continuous water supply to affected areas serviced by Maynilad,” said Caparas.

Field monitoring is conducted by the MWSS Regulatory Office in the event a major planned water service interruption occurs lasting more than 24 hours and affecting a relatively large number of water service accounts, pursuant to the Concession Agreement between MWSS and its concessionaires.

“In this case, thousands of Metro Manila and Cavite residents have been advised early on by Maynilad to brace themselves for dry taps, which will last more than 72 hours. Both MWSS and Maynilad are working to ensure that needed services are provided to assure continuous water supply in the affected areas,” Caparas explained.

Earlier, Caparas urged Maynilad to intensify its mitigating measures to ease the burden of customers in affected areas resulting from the 4-day water supply interruption. He also appealed to the public to prepare for the waterless days ahead by safely storing enough water in clean containers to supply their needs.

In Metro Manila, the affected areas are barangays in Manila, Makati, Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Pasay and Paranaque. In Cavite, the affected areas are Imus, Kawit, Bacoor, Cavite City and Noveleta

The interruption is due to the scheduled flood control work of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Parts of Metro Manila and Cavite will experience the water service interruption from Holy Wednesday (April 16) to Black Saturday (April 19).