Manila Water, Maynilad fight over raw water allocation
Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services are fighting over raw water supply allocation with one blaming the other for the water service interruptions in their respective concession areas in Metro Manila.
Maynilad claimed that the recent water service interruptions in its concession area were caused by lack of water supply after Manila Water received more of its agreed allocation.
To stop the brewing war, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has stepped in and allayed fears of water shortage with the onset of the dry season.
MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco said the problem between Manila Water and Maynilad had been resolved even as MWSS was considering taking control over a valve that controls the release of water.
Under the concession agreement, Maynilad is allocated a 60-percent share of water while Manila Water gets 40 percent.
“Sixty-forty is not about up to the last decimal,” Velasco said. “Even Manila Water and Maynilad admitted that they have already discussed the issue. One has to give way to one other. If Manila Water is at its peak hours, Maynilad should give way, same thing with Manila Water.”
“We remain positive that this concern will be resolved using the proper channel,” said Jeric Sevilla, Manila Water head of corporate communications.
Maynilad vice president Anette de Ocampo also expressed optimism the issue would be finally put to rest.
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