SMC offers allocation from Angat to ease water crisis
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has offered its untapped water allocation from Angat Dam to ease the water shortage affecting over six million people in the east zone of Metro Manila and Rizal.
The company aims to deliver 140 million liters of clean, treated water to areas affected by the shortage through its Bulacan Bulk Water Treatment Plant upon coordination with, and approval by, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
“This situation is unfortunate and dire for many of our countrymen who do not have access to basic water. Many are affected: Households, hospitals, schools, businesses. Right now, the best thing we can do is to pull together and help each other, ” said SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang.
SMC in Januaryy operationalized Stage 1 of its Bulacan Bulk Water Project, which has a production capacity of 200 million liters per day. However, as many water districts have yet to upgrade and prepare their facilities to receive water from the BBWSP, only about 60 million liters per day are currently being utilized.
“This leaves an excess capacity of about 140 million liters per day, which is enough to serve the average daily requirements of two million people or about 455,000 households,” Ang said.
SMC’s top honcho admitted that delivering the water to the areas affected by the water crisis will not be easy since it will require an estimated 14,000 truck trips per day using 10-kiloliter (kl) tankers, or 7,000 trips per day using 20 kl tankers.
“For this, we need to acquire several container trucks to deliver water. Again, we will work and coordinate with the MWSS and LGUs on this. We hope to be able to implement this plan at the soonest possible time,” Ang said.