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Water service interruption in Cavite, Metro this Lent

Residents who will be affected by the scheduled water service interruption this Lent in Metro Manila and Cavite are advised to store water to limit the inconvenience on their part.

In its advisory, Maynilad Water Services Inc. said the west zone concession areas will have no water from April 15 (Holy Wednesday) to April 19 (Black Saturday). The service break will affect parts of Imus, Kawit, Makati City, Malabon, Manila, Navotas, Pasay City and the southern part of Caloocan City.

Other areas with scheduled water service pause include Bacoor, Cavite City, Las Pinas City, Muntinlupa City, Noveleta and Paranaque City.

Ricky Vargas Maynilad president and CEO said the water service breaks are necessary to give way to the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Designed to address the perennial flooding in Manila, the DPWH project involves the construction of an interceptor drainage box culvert (DBC) along Blumentritt St. The DBC will traverse the water pipe of Maynilad along Juan Luna St. corner Hermosa St., which will require the adjustment of the said water pipe prior to the implementation of the DPWH flood control project.

Maynilad will need 72 hours to drain, realign and energize its affected water pipe because it is a seven-foot-tall primary line.

To lessen the impact of the service interruptions on water consumers, the DPWH has allowed Maynilad to undertake its pipe realignment activity over the Holy Week when fewer customers are expected to be home.

Maynilad is also implementing alternating service interruptions in many areas, so affected customers can have one day to restock on their water supply. To further mitigate the impact of its pipe realignment activity, Maynilad is reopening four deep wells during the Holy Week water interruptions.

Around 60 water tankers will also be on standby to serve areas that will experience three straight days of interrupted supply.

The complete list of affected areas and their corresponding water interruption schedules may be downloaded from the Maynilad website at

http://www.mayniladwater.com.ph/news_center.php.

Vargas said Maynilad has also begun distributing copies of the interruption schedule to the affected areas.

Maynilad will also publish a copy of its Holy Week water interruption schedule in selected newspapers and tabloids on April 7 and April 14 (Monday).

To minimize inconvenience, Maynilad is appealing to its customers to store enough water for the duration of the interruption.

Those with existing overhead tanks are also advised to clean these first before using them to store water.

For further information regarding the Holy Week water interruption, affected customers may call the Maynilad Hotline 1626. (Chito A. Chavez)