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‘Fake news’ MWSS denies closure of bypass facility led to water shortage

Residents of Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City line up for a limited water supply. (Photo courtesy: RH Christian Maño)

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) belied allegations that they closed a bypass facility, which caused the shortage in the water supply of the Manila Water Company.

During a press conference on Friday, March 15, MWSS chief regulator atty. Patrick Ty stressed that he has never ordered the closure of the bypass facility at La Mesa Dam in Quezon City.

Ty explained that Manila Water will not receive water from either La Mesa Dam or the Angat Dam in Bulacan if they ordered the closure of the said bypass facility.

Manila Water gets 1,600 million liters per day (MLD) from Angat Dam, and they supplement the deficit in their water supply by taking water from La Mesa Dam.

For the record, the bypass is open. It is not closed. This is where Manila Water gets its 1,600 MLD supply. If it’s closed, Manila Water would not have water at all,” Ty told reporters.

If you close that bypass, Manila Water would not even get its 1,600 MLD so it has to be open. That’s where the Manila Water gets the 1,600 MLD from Angat. It’s what Manila Water is using to service the water rationing of its customers,” Ty added.

He also said that water concessionaires’ Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services have control over the bypass facility, and not the MWSS Regulatory Office.

“The MWSS Regulatory Office has no control over these bypass. The two of them are in coordination. Maynilad and Manila Water, they are talking to each other with regards to this portal and the sharing,” Ty explained.

Meanwhile, Ty urged the public to stop spreading misinformation and fake news, like the closure of the bypass facility, because it will not help resolve the water shortage problem being experienced by Manila Water customers.

A certain Angel Salazar, who introduced himself as a former MWSS employee, commented in the Facebook post of Ty regarding the water shortage, and urged the MWSS head to ‘open the bypass at La Mesa’ to solve the water crisis.

Ty responded to the comments and stressed that the bypass facility is open. In one of his responses, the MWSS official even said that his ‘evil twin brother’ might have ordered the closure. The comment drew the irk of netizens.

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