MANILA - Concessionaire Manila Water on Thursday denied allegations that it had been manipulating water supply to some parts of Metro Manila. Dittie Galang, Manila Water's communications manager, explained that the concessionaire was not getting enough supply from Angat Dam, forcing the company to get water from its emergency source La Mesa Dam. "That for me is very hard to imagine, how could that have been. Manila Water has been providing water service to the east zone of Metro Manila since 1997. And so 1997 up to recent month, we have shown a very good track record of improving the water service and even working on used water service for the east zone," she said. "So going back to the question have we been manipulating the water supply, the simple answer is the demand has already outpaced the supply, which hasn't increased at all since 1997," she said. This, after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the water crisis may be "artificial." "Eh ‘di artificial lang iyon … [Read more...] about News ‘Artificial?’ Manila Water denies manipulating water supply
Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv MANILA -- A water shortage that is bringing misery to tens of thousands in the Philippine capital is the "fault" of government, which for years, has failed to build a new water source to meet demand from a growing population, a regulator said Thursday. The shortfall "will get worse before it gets better" as government officials and water distributors work on short-term and medium-term solutions, said Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System chief regulator Patrick Ty. Manila Water customers demand 1,750 million liters of water per day, when its share of water from Angat Dam is at 1,600 million liters per day (mld) under a 60-40 sharing agreement with Maynilad Water Services in 1997, Ty said. In the 2 decades since water services in the capital were split between the 2 firms, the population in the east zone handled by Manila Water has grown "exponentially," he said. At the time of water privatization, the west zone population assigned to Maynilad was … [Read more...] about News MWSS: Water shortage government’s ‘fault,’ solutions underway
By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 “Do not drink this water,” warned the signs taped to fountains and bathroom sinks in a small Ontario town. For thousands of people in the rural community 150 kilometres northwest of Toronto, the water they once used to brush their teeth, bathe their children and prepare their meals had become a hostile enemy. Jugs of clean water had to be delivered to a depot. Hospitals were overrun with new patients. Children were pulled out of school. Businesses closed. The tainted-water scandal in Walkerton in the spring of 2000 devastated the community, with thousands falling ill and seven people dying. It was one of the worst health epidemics in the province’s history. Nearly 19 years later, environmental advocates say Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is posing one of the greatest risks both the environment and public health have faced in decades. Article … [Read more...] about Tories’ Bill 66 would undermine clean-water protections that followed Walkerton tragedy, victims and advocates warn
INDIA: It was once known as the city of a thousand lakes. But it is now the city of burning lakes.Bengaluru, or Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the world’s biggest software companies – is where the lakes can catch fire because of untreated sewage and industrial effluents.Nearly 90 per cent of its lakes are dangerously polluted. And the biggest lake has become the city’s “largest septic tank”, a court-appointed committee concluded in June.This high-tech city, which has grown to more than 12 million inhabitants from three million in the 1980s, faces a Day Zero crisis – when its taps are turned off – in the not too distant future. It may even become uninhabitable.“Bangalore is now exploding because people think it's got a nice climate, there are a lot of opportunities and so on,” said Mr Ravi Narayanan, the chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the chairman of the Water Integrity Network.“But … [Read more...] about India’s parched earth: Too late to solve the worst water crisis in its history?
“If you love Shimla, please do not visit.” That is the message going viral on Indian social media ahead of the peak tourist season in the hill city, as its 170,000 residents grapple with a deepening water crisis. So serious is the threat that people in the state of Himachal Pradesh are calling Shimla the Cape Town of Hills, in reference to Zero Day in Cape Town, when the South African city’s water supply was expected to be exhausted. Cape Town eventually avoided that fate. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Having no water is a bad advertisement for a hill station that depends on tourists for most of its revenues. And with the peak holiday season just about to hit, the smart thing would have been to anticipate the problem and take pre-emptive action. But not in Shimla. It seems the city is not just facing a crisis of water supplies, but also one of governance and management that is linked to environmental … [Read more...] about Going with the flow: Policy gaps behind Shimla water crisis