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Conserve H2O, NCR folks told

July 9, 2023 Cory Martinez 215 views

ALL barangay officials, condominium and subdivision managers in the National Capital Region (NCR) must advise residents to conserve water by minimizing activities that use big water volume such as watering the lawn and washing vehicles.

This is the appeal of the Water Resources Management Office (WRMO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in order to avert massive water interruptions in the coming months in view of the looming El Niño phenomenon.

The appeal is part of the expanded coverage of the WRMO’s water conservation directive wherein all NCR residents must also cooperate in the government’s effort to conserve water.

In its Bulletin No. 2, the WRMO also encouraged the residents to promote rainwater collection for non-potable use of water and to reuse laundry and dishwashing wastewater for watering plants.

“As we prepare for even drier conditions due to El Niño, it is more than ever important to conserve water in order to prevent massive water interruptions later this year,” the WRMO said.

Earlier, the WRMO issued its first bulletin containing the guidelines for effective implementation of water conservation measures by all government offices, through their building administrators.

WRMO’s Bulletin No. 1 was issued pursuant to Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 22 in which President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. mandated all government agencies and instrumentalities to strictly implement water conservation measures as part of efforts to prevent a water crisis amid a looming El Niño phenomenon.

In its second bulletin, the WRMO said its team shall conduct spot inspections of office buildings for unwarranted use of water, leaks, and faulty bathroom fixtures.

The team will ensure that WRMO Bulletin Nos. 1 and 2 are posted in offices accordingly.

The WRMO also disclosed that together with the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage System (MWSS), it will review the monthly water bills of all government facilities in accordance with MC 22. Notices on excessive use of water shall be issued, it added.

The office also advised the public to report leaks along streets to the MWSS (8929-5691, 8922-2969, 0967-3197144, or [email protected]), or to the water service providers Manila Water (1627) or Maynilad (1626).

Leaks within compounds that may need major repairs may be reported to the DENR-WRMO through [email protected].

WMRO’s Bulletin No. 2 was issued as the water level in Angat Dam, which supplies potable water to NCR and nearby provinces, continues to drop amid an impending El Niño dry spell.

As of July 8, 2023, Angat Dam water level was at 179.99 meters, which is below the 180-meter minimum operating level.

When below operating levels, the allocation for irrigation will be reduced and supply for NCR and the provinces of Rizal, Cavite and Bulacan will be at the minimum volume.

As such, residents could expect lower water pressures mainly during the night and possible interruptions in certain areas serviced by MWSS.

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