Thousands of Metro Manila customers are still getting less than eight hours of running water supply, according to Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr.
The lawmaker said the Laguna Lake, which is three times bigger than Angat Dam in Bulacan, is key to a 24-hour water supply for all metro residents.
He said while the 2019 water crisis may be long over, still hundreds of thousands of billed customers in the National Capital Region are still reeling from recurring water shortages.
“A large number of billed consumers in Metro Manila still have limited water supply. They enjoy running water only for nine to 16 hours daily, while others have it less than eight hours,” he said.
“In one service area for instance, some 187,000 connections or 1.24 million residents have running water supply anywhere from less than eight hours to no more than 19 hours per day,” he said, citing figures from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.
“We can only say that Metro Manila has adequate water supply once all residential, commercial and industrial service connections enjoy running water on demand, or every time they turn on the faucet,” he noted.
According to the Makati lawmaker, the problem still has to do with the insufficient raw water coming from Angat Dam.
Campos is a member of the House committee on Metro Manila development.
“This is why Congress has to move fast in declaring Laguna Lake as a primary source of water supply for Metro Manila, alongside Angat,” he said.
“It makes no sense for us to continue to rely on Angat to supply 90 percent of Metro Manila’s water demand, when we have a natural water hoard in Laguna Lake that is three times bigger than Angat,” he stressed.