53,000 households in Manila to go without water for 24 hours

The Metro Manila will face water scarcity due to the replacement of dilapidated water pipes in Parian Creek.

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The Manila Water, which is the sole water provider in the East Zone of Metro Manila, has announced that at least 53,000 households will not have water from May 15 to May 16 due to the replacement of dilapidated water pipes in Parian Creek in the village of Kapasigan in Pasig City.

The construction will start at 8pm on May 15 and go on until 6am in the morning of May 16. The cities, which got affected by this disruption are Pasig, Taguig and Pateros.

Villages in Pasig affected by the construction are Kapasigan Bagong Katipunan, Sta. Cruz, Kalawaan, San Jose Malinao, Sto. Tomas, Buting, Sta. Rosa, Palatiw, Bambang, Sumilang, San Nicolas and San Joaquin.

Moreover, while several villages in Taguig cities are expected to face the brunt, the entire municipality of Pateros will experience water scarcity.

Outside Manila, some provinces and cities are also experiencing water rationing because of the scarcity in the months of April and May, which are the hottest season in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Department of Health reported several incidences of dehydration and heat stroke due to scorching heat.

However, the Manila Water earlier reported that the Angat Dam still has enough supply of water and it can provide the entire Metro Manila, with 12.8 million people, with water.

Jun Paat of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, (PAG-ASA) announced on ABS CBN new channel that though the water level is not yet alarming, but consumers should conserve water and use them economically.

The normal level of the Angat Dam is 79.6 meters, that is in order to supply water to the entire Metro Manila, but as of last month, the present level is 78.7 meters.

But Senator Loren Legarda, who chairs the senate committee on Climate Change has a different view. She cited a study that showed the Philippines will have a water shortage by 2040 due to the country's rapid demographic population and climate change. The Philippines has a population of 106 million. Legarda appealed to all water stakeholders to address this challenge before it will be late later on.