Maynilad admits huge water shortage due to leaking pipes

July 22, 2010 12:33 pm 

MANILA, July 22 –- Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) on Thursday admitted it is losing 890 million liters per day (MLD) due to leaking pipes in its west concessionaire consumers.

MWSI officials said they have allocated P 6-billion to repair damaged pipes laid down on its area of responsibility.

Close to 3 million residents in Metro Manila are experiencing severe water shortage problem, MWSI spokesman Cherubim Ocampo said. <p<She said 2.9 million Maynilad customers in the west zone get water for only 6 hours every day.

Ocampo said MWSI has been looking at long-term solutions by looking for other resources of water other than Angat Dam.

Due to the climate change and the impending privatization of the Angat Dam, MWSI is already looking at the possibility of using the Laguna Lake and the Laiban river in the Sierra Madre area as possible alternative sources of water for its Metro Manila clients.

Other possible sources are the Pampanga River and the Wawa River in Marikina City. (PNA) V3/JCA


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