Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council move to address water shortage

June 21, 2019

THE Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), concerned government agencies and water concessionaires discuss contingency measures on how to prepare for a worsening water shortage following the continues drop of water level in Angat Dam.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concurrent MMDRRMC chairman Danilo Lim highlighted the need to prepare for the worst when water supply from water concessionaires begin to reduce in the coming weeks.

The meeting was attended by officials of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and water concessionaires, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and other concerned government agencies.

To facilitate the delivery of water supplies to areas that may be affected, Lim said trucks of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc. are still exempted from the number coding scheme.

PAGASA said that while it had declared the start of the rainy season last week, the amount of rainfall is still not enough to boost the water level of the Angat Dam.

Angat Dam’s water elevation dropped to critical low level mark of 160 meters, foreseen to reduce Metro Manila’s water supply.