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La Mesa Dam water crisis will worsen

If you are a Manila Water Co. Inc. customer who lives in the farthest and highest area of its distribution network, brace yourself for a very serious water shortage in the coming days.

Last weekend, the water level at Manila Water’s major reservoir, La Mesa Dam, dipped below critical level (69 meters). It was at 68.90 m on Monday morning. I was floored by drone videos from the Quezon City government that showed a drying water reservoir even before the start of summer.

The scenario of a dried-up La Mesa Dam is forcing Manila Water to deal with a water crisis for its consumers in Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Taguig and Pateros as well as parts of Rizal province.

Maynilad Water Services Inc., on the other hand, is not yet in crisis mode since it gets its supply directly from Angat Dam where the water level is at 200 m, still far from the critical level of 180 m.


Maynilad also has 40 different reservoirs and 30 pumping stations all over its west zone franchise area.

When the water at Angat Dam breached critical level in 2010, resulting in a drought, Maynilad suffered the most. It was forced to resort to water rationing.

At that time, Manila Water’s La Mesa Dam reservoir saved the day for its east zone customers.

The situation has been reversed now. When I interviewed her on my radio program, Dittie Galang of Manila Water said that we should pray for an early rainy season.


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