By Pia Ranada
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Major water concessionaire Maynilad has released a list of barangays (villages) that may experience more than 12 hours without water everyday starting this September.
The water disruption may begin as early as Tuesday, September 8, if dams that supply water to Metro Manila do not experience rain in the next few days.
Maynilad will be imposing a rotational schedule of water disruption among these villages.
Other areas serviced by Maynilad which are not in this list may observe weaker flow of water from their faucets starting next week.
Caloocan 1-20, 22, 23, 28, 32, 34,35, 49, 52-66, 68-76, 78-80, 86-99, 101,103, 106-116, 122-124, 143, 166-171, 173, 175-180, 182, 183, 185, 187, 188
Malabon Acacia, Baritan, Bayan-Bayanan, Catmon, Concepcion, Dampalit, Flores, Hulong Duhat, Ibaba, Longos, Maysilo, Muzon, Niugan, Panghulo, San Agustin, Santolan, Tañong, Tinajeros, Tonsuya, Tugatog
Navotas Bagumbayan North, Bagumbayan South, Daanghari, Navotas East, Navotas West, Northbay Boulevard-South, San Jose, San Roque, Sipac-Almacen, Tangos, Tanza
Apolonio Samson, Baesa, Bagbag, Bagong Silangan, Bagong Toro, Balingasa, Batasan Hills, Bungad, Capri, Commonwealth, Damayan, Del Monte Don Manuel Quezon, Doña Aurora Quezon, Doña Imelda Marcos, Fairview, Greater Lagro, Gulod, Holy Spirit, Kaligayahan, Katipunan, Mariblo, Nagkaisang Nayon, North Fairview, Novaliches Proper, Paltok, Paraiso, Pasong Putik, Payatas, San Agustin, San Antonio, San Bartolome, San Isidro, Sangandaan, Santa Lucia, Santa Monica, Santa Domingo, Santo Niño, Santol, Sauyo, Talayan, Talipapa, Tandang Sora, Tatalon, Veteran’s Village
Ermita (669), Intramuros (654-658), Malate (688-699, 702-718, 720-726, 731, 732, 734-744), Paco (673, 687, 821-832), Tondo (1-20, 25, 26, 28-39, 41-47, 56-76, 78-83, 85, 93-112, 116-146, 161, 177-186, 198-220, 202-A, Baseco Compound)
Makati Bangkal, Palanan, Pio del Pilar, San Isidro
Pasay 41-179, 181, 183-190, 192, 194-199, 201
Don Bosco, Don Galo, La Huerta, Marcelo Green, Merville, Moonwalk, San Antonio, San Dionisio, San Isidro, Santo Niño, Tambo
Almanza Dos, BF International Village-CAA, Manuyo Uno, Manuyo Dos, Pamplona Uno, Pamplona Dos, Pamplona Tres, Pulang Lupa Uno, Pulang Lupa Dos, Talon Uno, Talon Dos, Zapote
Arkong Bato, Bagbaguin, Balangkas, Bignay, Bisig, Canumay East, Canumay West, Coloong, Dalandanan, Hen. T. De Leon, Isla, Karuhatan, Lawang Bato, Lingunan, Mabolo, Malanday, Malinta, Mapulang Lupa, Marulas, Maysan, Palasan, Parada, Pariancillo Villa, Paso De Blas, Pasolo, Rincon, Tagalag, Ugong, Veinte Reales, Wawang Pulo
Cavite City 30, 33, 36-38, 40-42, 42A, 42B, 43-57, 60
Rosario, Cavite Bagbag II, Kanluran, Muson I, Muson II, Poblacion, Sapa I, Sapa II, Sapa IV, Silangan I, Silangan II, Wawa I, Wawa II, Wawa III
Imus City, Cavite Buhay na Tubig, Anabu II-B, Anabu II-C, Anabu II-D, Anabu II-E, Malagasang I-F, Malagasang II-C, Malagasang II-D, Malagasang II-G, Malagasang II-F
Noveleta, Cavite San Jose I, San Jose II, San Antonio I, San Antonio II, Santa Rosa I, Santa Rosa I, Magdiwang
Residents of the listed villages are encouraged to store water a day before Maynilad announces water interruption.
The list only covers villages serviced by Maynilad, the water concessionaire that caters to the western portion of Metro Manila.
Manila Water services the eastern portion. They previously announced that areas in Quezon City, Antipolo, Rodriguez, Taguig, Pasig and Marikina may also experience more than 12 hours without water. They are yet to release a list of affected villages.
The water disruption is due to water conservation efforts of the government in preparation for more intense drought conditions in the coming months.
PAGASA previously announced the El Niño currently affecting the country is likely to strengthen. Thus, dry spell in the megacity is likely to last until June 2016.
To conserve water, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is lowering the amount of water it allows Maynilad and Manila Water to distribute to Metro Manila residents.
The water comes from dams like La Mesa Dam, Angat Dam, and Ipo Dam where water level has been below-normal due to the dry spell. (READ: Philippines faces ‘high’ level of water shortage in 2040 – study)
So far, only the September water allocation has been finalized. The reduced allocation is 38 cubic meters/second (cm/s), lower than the normal 41 cm/s.
Water allocation may be lowered further in the coming months. The lowest tentative allocation so far is for the months of February and March 2016 – only 34 cm/s. – Rappler.com