DWQM group 02-18-2015

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) hosted the regular monthly meeting of the Metro Manila Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Committee (MMDWQMC) on Friday, 13 February 2015 at the MWSS-RO Conference Room,Balara, Quezon City.

Chief Regulator Yu met and shared a light moment with the members of the MMDWQMC Technical Working Group from national government agencies, local government units and private companies to discuss issues and concerns related to water quality in the greater Metro Manila area.

Joining Chief Regulator Yu were MWSS-RO Deputy Administrator for Technical Regulation Area (TRA) Engr. Gerardo Sullano, Engr. Evelyn Agustin, Manager of TRA Water Quality Control, Engr. Nilo Marayag, Head, Environmental and Occupational Health Cluster, Department of Health- National Capital Regional Office (DOH-NCRO), Dr. Rowell Romulo, Chief, Environment Sanitation Division, Quezon City Health Department, MWSS-RO Principal Chemist Isabel Bagaporo, Atty Kristin C. San Pedro, Head Technical Assistance, Office of the Chief Regulator.

The MMDWQMC, led by the DOH, conducts monthly water sampling in several points across Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. concession areas to ensure that the water is safe for consumption, likewise monitors compliance with standards, and publishes water quality pronouncements every month.

The MMDWQMC is composed of representatives from the DOH Center for Health Development-Metro Manila, DOH National Center for Health Facility Development, Manila Health Department-Public Health Laboratory, Marikina Clean Food Laboratory, City Health Departments of Makati, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Quezon City, Environmental Management Bureau, National Waster Resources Board (NWRB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) MWSS, Maynilad and Manila Water.

Both Maynilad and Manila Water are mandated to comply with the standards for safety water transmission, treatment and distribution processes set in the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW) issued by the DOH to ensure that millions of Metro Manila residents have access to safe drinking water.

Recently, the MMDWQMC pronounced that the water supplied by Manila Water and Maynilad fully complied with the 2007 PNSDW based on the microbiological and physic-chemical examination done on water samples collected at strategically designated Regulatory Sampling Points in their respective distribution system in the month of December 2014.