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Manila’s water supply ‘enough,’ but cuts loom

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The National Capital Region still had enough water for the so-called summer season, though some customers could expect supply interruptions, Metro Manila water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad said Saturday.

The concessionaires have begun what it called “off-peak interruptions” or the cutting of water supplies to some customers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Maynilad water supply operations head Ronald Padua told ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

As for Manila Water, corporate communications services head Jeric Sevilla said the firm had not yet implemented off-peak interruptions for its customers. However, these measures could be implemented as a last resort.

Both concessionaires said water rates for customers were not expected to rise in the coming months.

In Maynilad’s case, water bills were expected to become cheaper once the 12 percent value-added tax was replaced with a smaller franchising tax beginning March 21.

“This is somehow a breath of fresh air (to consumers) in terms of good news,” Sevilla said.

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