For months, we wake up at 4:30 am, and there’s no water coming out of our faucet. We learned to store water and use it to prepare food and clean the mess in the kitchen. This has been our case for more than half a year already; no water supply from 4 pm to 5 am the next day. And though we’ve been used to this kind of system, it sometimes infuriates us. With seven members in our household – two of which are toddlers – water is vital.
Then we got an invite from Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) to tour Angat Dam, Ipo Dam and their La Mesa Water Treatment Plant 2 facility. The tour enlightened us of our situation.
Residents of Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan share the raw water supply from Angat Dam. Last June 2019, our raw water allocation was reduced to preserve the remaining water in Angat Dam, which reached below critical level due to scant rainfall, and ensure that we still have water that we can use during summer months.
Given this situation, the water concessionaire was forced to implement daily rotational water service interruptions. It is the goal of the rotational water service interruption to maximize the limited supply and ensure that all customers enjoy water even within a few hours daily.
The sad part, though, is that Maynilad Water Supply Operations Head Engr. Ronald Padua relayed that our area is high; thus, the water that comes out of our faucet sometimes weakly dribbles out. There is a need as well for pressure booster systems like a pump to help distribute water to households in areas like ours.
We further learned that Maynilad has a Reservoir within our place which stores water to serve its consumers. But because the water supply is limited, it has to be divided among many areas rather than go to one place. Some areas experience longer or shorter service interruptions owing to their location.
We woke up today at 4:30 am, and as usual, no water came out of our faucet. Instead of feeling frustrated, we somehow feel heroic, able to help a family or two. In a way, too, we think that we help in our little ways, sacrificing no water supply for 13 hours to ‘save the day’ for other households.
As mentioned earlier, our recent trip to Maynilad’s facilities enlightened us. We are far more likely to accept change if we only understand the reason behind it. Even if the change fails to benefit us and find it unfair, we still embrace it because we learn the very reason behind it. Being left in the dark about why things happen tends to lead us to anger and assumption.
Knowing the story behind the water supply interruption in our place made me more forgiving of Maynilad. That there isn’t a reason for me to be angry in the first place, but should all the more help in disseminating information on how to conserve water.
Speaking now as someone who regularly experiences water interruption, we appeal to all. Please conserve water. It is a bitter truth, but our water supply is depleting at an alarming rate. Let us all help alleviate the situation by being more cooperative. Just store enough water we need for the duration of the service interruption. Drawing too much water after service resumption prevents the supply from reaching highly elevated and fringe areas like ours.
Again, water is essential. Give importance to it and protect it not only for ourselves but for the next generation. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to imagine or see our children’s children experience the water’s essence and natural taste?
Momi Berlin Directory