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THE National Water Resources Board or NWRB said on Tuesday it will maintain the current allocation for Metro Manila water concessionaires although the board has decided to conduct more consultations on a possible reduction of allocations.

“The Board did not made a decision on the allocation and decided to have more consultations with the stakeholders. The Board will meet again before end of this month,” said NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr.

“Considering the current level and the strong El Niño, the Board is considering the possible impacts of the allocation of affected users including water supply for Metro Manila if changes will be made,” David added.

NWRB earlier reduced the allocation of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc. to 38 cubic meters per second this month from 41 cubic meters per second in July and August.

David said that the reduction aims to properly manage Angat Dam’s water supply and ensure that there will be enough supply until next year.

As of 6 a.m. yesteday, Angat Dam’s water level was at 189.87 meters, higher by 0.36  meters from Monday’s 189.51 meters.

Due to the reduced water allocation, Maynilad implemented a seven-hour daily water interruption in its concession area. Manila Water also implemented a seven-hour reduced water pressure in the East zone.

Maynilad Water Supply Operations head engineer Ronaldo Padua earlier warned that further reducing the water allocation will result to longer water interruptions in the West zone.

“We are still appealing to NWRB thru Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, to maintain the 38 cms allocation from Angat dam for Metro Manila this October. Shoud NWRB decide to reduce the 38 cms allocation, the current water interruption schedule in the West zone may lengthen, and more customers may be affected,” Padua said.

“In any case, Maynilad will continue to exert all effort to mitigate the impact to our customers,” Padua added.

Manila Water Corporate Communications Head Jeric Sevilla Jr. said that for the East zone, the company still needs to calibrate its service adjustments if ever allocation will be reduced further.

“If NWRB retains the allocation however, we will still continue with the water pressure reduction,” Sevilla said.

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