Laguna Lake, Marikina River eyed as alternative source of water supply

July 20, 2010 9:00 pm 

MANILA, July 20 — The Laguna Lake and Marikina River could be tapped as alternative water sources to mitigate the worsening water crises in the metropolis, as water level in Angat Dam drops.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the proposal was revived after water concessionaires began rationing water to households affected by the water shortage.

"Both the Marikina River and Laguna Lake are very good sources of water," Singson told reporters at a press briefing in Malacanang.

He said there is a pending offer from Maynilad and Manila Water to do the project in joint venture with the MWSS.

"They are willing to do water supply project in joint venture with MWSS," he added.

He said that if the projects are pursued, Laguna Lake can be used as an alternative water resource in six months while it would take two years for Marikina River.

He said 50 million liters of water per day could be taken from the lake.

Marikina River could supply more water with at least 300 million liters of water per day.

Angat Dam is currently the main source of water in the metropolis and nearby provinces.

Its water level dropped to critical level due to the El Nino phenomenon. (PNA)

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