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Solon calls for House probe vs latest water interruptions

Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate (Photo by DZRH Sherwin Alfaro)

Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate is urging the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to investigate the water service interruptions in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Zarate on Tueday, March 12, filed House Resolution 2518 that seeks to review the incidents of sudden water interruption in the National Capital Region, Rizal, and Cavite, along with its impact to consumers and implication to quality water service provision.

A copy of HR 2518 was made public on Wednesday, March 13.

The congressman said that thousands of people, as early as March 8, were deprived of water and were reduced to waiting for water tankers or opening fire hydrants to have water.

Zarated added that the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) claimed that the El Niño phenomenon is predictable, but water concessionaires seem to have not prepared for it.

He also mentioned that the National Water Resources Board and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System denied any problems in the water supply.

Since last week, Manila Water Company Inc. has announced several water service interruptions due to the drop in the water level of La Mesa Dam, which serves as the back-up supply of the water concessionaire, caused by the effects of El Niño.

Manila Water Spokesperson Jeric Sevilla on Wednesday, March 13, even warned that some areas can experience water service interruption from six to 18 hours straight.

Meanwhile, Maynilad Water Services Inc., announced that since March 8, portions of Metro Manila and Cavite will also experience water interruptions due to high demand and scheduled repair activities.

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