Water rationing likely in 2015

August 13, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

MANILA: West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc, the country’s largest water distributor, is considering water rationing early next year should a moderate El Niño weather phenomenon hit the country in the fourth quarter of this year.

“The worst case is that we will have El Niño and we end the year below the 200 meters above sea level (MASL),” said Maynilad chief financial officer Randolph Estrellado.

He said some Maynilad customers might not be able to enjoy 24 hours of service, while others might experience a decline in water pressure given the rationing, which could last until summer. “(The water supply) will depend on how bad El Niño will be,” he said.

Maynilad president and chief executive officer Victorico Vargas added that withdrawal of water from Angat Dam would have to be reduced to expand its usage.

Manuel Pangilinan, chairman of Maynilad’s parent firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp, said the target is for Angat Dam to end the year at 200 MASL, ideally 210 MASL, to ensure water supply in the coming year.

The Philippine star