(Metro News) Safety nets vs water crisis in Metro Manila gain headway

March 27, 2010 11:24 pm 

MANILA, March 29 – The National Disaster Coordinating Council’s (NDCC) effort to avert water crisis in Metro Manila is making good progress, reports from various agency stakeholders said Saturday.

The moratorium for the leak repairs in Metro Manila water pipes proved effective as "we are now able to save fifty-seven million liters of water daily," Defense Secretary and NDCC chairman Norberto Gonzales said, quoting a report from Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

In a meeting with about 200 Pasay City barangay captains, Maynilad said that the amount of water being saved daily was equivalent to having a new water treatment plant.

This is certainly a big help in averting the on-going water crisis in Metro Manila following the forecasted El Niño phenomenon, it said.

The moratorium that took effect earlier this year between the national and local government units aimed to fast-track the process of repairing water pipe leaks in Metro Manila by simplifying procedures to do so.

Maynilad president Rogelio Singson said that since the sixty-day moratorium created good results, another sixty-day extension would allow the company to attain its targeted savings of up to 100 million liters of water daily, and the doubling of its current average of 144 daily repairs.

Even as PAG-ASA reports that the El Niño phenomenon this year is of moderate strength compared to years 1997-1998, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System said that it was looking for alternate sources to reduce dependency on Angat Dam, which currently provides 97 percent of water in Metro Manila.(PNA) RMA/VR

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