Water service provider Manila Water Company Inc. warns of a possible water crisis in the Philippines in 2020.
According to Jeric Sevilla, Corporate Communications head for Manila Water, even if they have enough water supply for 2018, they predict an increasing demand for water in the next few years.
“Ang pinaghahandaan natin ay yung supply natin para sa hinaharap. Sa ngayon, ang alokasyon na nakukuha natin ay kulang, nagprproduce tayo mas marami kaysa sa alokasyon natin,” Sevilla said during DZRH’s One On One.
Due to this, Sevilla explained that they are looking for additional sources of water, other than Angat Dam, which produces 97% of Metro Manila’s water supply.
The Manila Water official added that the demand for water increases by 15 million liters per year.
“Kinakailangan may additional sources tayo ng water bukod doon sa pinagkukunan natin sa Angat Dam,” Sevilla explained. “Baka after two years, kailangan na naman natin ng bagong supply ng tubig.”
In line with this, Manila Water has began making preparations to acquire water from Laguna Lake, which will be provided to their customers in the Rizal province.
However, Sevilla fears that the water supply from Laguna Lake will only be enough for two years.
“So after two years, kinakailangan na naman natin maghanap ng panibagong supply bago dumating yung gagawin ng MWSS (Metropolitan Works and Sewage System) na Kaliwa Dam dito sa may Quezon (province),” Sevilla added.
Sevilla further revealed that they also have another water improvement project in Rizal that will be operational by the last quarter of 2018, and can produce 50-100 million liters per day, but it will not prevent the predicted water crisis.
“Nakikita natin siguro sapat yung supply natin hanggang 2020, pero after 2020 nakikita natin, naproproject natin na mas mataas na naman ang demand tubig,” Sevilla reiterated.
Currently, the services of Manila Water covers the eastern part of Metro Manila and the whole province of Rizal.