Disposable plates, pricier pails: How water shortage is affecting Pinoys

Disposable plates, pricier pails: How water shortage is affecting Pinoys

Inhabitants of various villages in Mandaluyong and other parts of Metro Manila here stood in line up before dawn Tuesday to fill up pails and barrels with water from tankers as water taps in the city and nearby areas dried up.

Manila Water has cut off water supply as water levels in La Mesa Dam decreased due to lack of rainfall and snowballing demand.

Water containers and pails on Tuesday sold for P90 to P100 each, up from P80. Purified water shot up P100 to P105 per 5 liters.  Bottled water supplies that used to last for a week now sell out in a day at sari-sari stores.

Manila Water positioned around 27 water trucks for round-a-clock water delivery in areas hit by water service interruptions as told by corporate communications head Jeric Sevilla. He added that water deliveries take precedent on water supply for hospitals.

Maynilad, on the other hand, has agreed to share its supply with Manila Water. Maynilad’ reservoirs hold a 291-million-liter capacity that were built after the firm’s services were interrupted by the El Niño phenomenon in 2010, told corporate communications head Jennifer Rufo.

La Mesa Dam water levels at a low of 68.85 meters around 6 a.m., from its critical level of 69 meters, stated PAGASA Hydrologist Danny Flores. He added that is not sensible to do cloudseeding to spawn rains and raise the dam’s level during summer.

Select eateries used disposable plates and cutlery or wrapped their plates with plastic wrap to evade washing. This method hiked up prices by P1 to P2 per serving at some eateries.

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