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Do not delay: MMDA exempts Maynila, Manila Water trucks from number coding

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danilo Lim reiterated on Thursday that trucks of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company Inc. that deliver water supplies to residents affected by the supply shortage in the metropolis are still exempted from the number coding scheme.

“We have a standing order authorizing tankers bringing water to affected areas, with no restrictions on number coding,” said Lim during a special meeting of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) with officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), water concessionaires, and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to discuss measures as the Angat Dam’s water level continues to drop.

Maynilad handles the West Zone or parts of Metro Manila and Cavite while Manila Water supplies the East Zone or parts of eastern Metro Manila and Rizal.

Lim, the concurrent MMDRRMC head, assured that the MMDA will provide mobile water purifying filters which can be used for water deliveries.

He also stressed the need to prepare for the worst if the water supply from the concessionaires begins to decline in the coming weeks.

“The public, especially those located in vulnerable areas, must know what to expect with the water level of Angat Dam now at a critical level,” Lim said.

Angat Dam’s water elevation dropped to a critical low-level mark of 160 meters which will result in further reduction of Metro Manila’s water supply within the coming days.

The amount of rainfall is still not enough to boost the water level of the Angat Dam despite the start of the rainy season last week, according to PAGASA. (PNA)