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Ibon Foundation alarmed over water shortage during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Parts of Metro Manila experience water service interruptions, according to think tank IBON Foundation

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Risky business: Why gov’t made sure Manila Water, Maynilad would earn

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Part 2: What is 'onerous' now was logical before. Rappler looks at the history of how government enticed the private sector to take over water services.


Public interest, private hands: How Manila Water, Maynilad got the deal

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

A water crisis in 1997 sealed the deal for both Manila Water and Maynilad. The same problem might end it, too.

Manila Water says 24-hour supply availability restored 100%

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the Angat Dam 'continues to struggle' to reach the ideal water level, but the company has been able to address its supply deficit

Maynilad to cut off water supply for 11 days in 5 cities

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Parts of Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Imus, and Bacoor will have water service interruptions from September 27 to October 7. Here are the specific areas and schedules.

Here’s why you’re never too young (or old) to change the world

Aug 16, 2019 - 12:07 PM

These grade 6 students prove that anyone can make a difference

Manila Water narrows supply gap

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Manila Water says it is drawing more supply from its treatment plant in Rizal and from deep wells, and was able to reduce its system loss

As water interruption continues in the Metro, residents of Mandaluyong getting a water supply from Manila Water, June 22, 2019. Angat Dam is now reported in critical low level. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DA, DILG to provide solar water systems for off-grid barangays

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays

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MWSS wants to keep deep wells open

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

MWSS Chairman Reynaldo Velasco is proposing that deep wells remain open even after the water supply in Metro Manila and nearby areas stabilizes

MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco gestures during a press conference at the MWSS office in Quezon City, on March 18, 2019, on the water shortage being experienced in many areas in Metro Manila and Rizal province. Photo by Darren Langit

Manila Water, Maynilad to still get limited supply from Angat Dam

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The Angat Dam's water level inches up, but the reduced allocation for concessionaires will remain until the dam is back to its minimum operating water level

As water interruption continues in the Metro, residents of Mandaluyong getting a water supply from Manila Water, June 22, 2019. Angat Dam is now reported in critical low level. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Inflation, water crisis weaken consumer outlook in Q2 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Consumers were pessimistic, but businesses were upbeat for the 2nd quarter of 2019, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas surveys

Residents of island in Albay struggle to get daily water supply

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Many residents of San Miguel Island in Tabaco, Albay, take daily boat trips to available water sources after their wells dried up due to prolonged El Niño

FULLY STOCKED UP. A couple on a boat full of filled water containers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

[OPINION] Water is a human right

May 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine government has the obligation to provide water for all. Using private companies to fulfill the right to water does not absolve the government of its obligation.

Maynilad water interruptions to last until May 14

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Certain areas in the cities of Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Bacoor, and Imus are affected by Maynilad water interruptions. Check the schedules here.

22-hour water interruptions expected as Cebu’s Jaclupan dam dries up

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The water service in households in the affected areas has been reduced to two hours a day

JACLUPAN. This photo shows Metropolitan Cebu Water District's Jaclupan Facility. File photo from MCWD's website

Duterte Cabinet draws up plan vs El Niño, water shortage

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and dredging waterways are some ways the Duterte government plans to address the impact of the ongoing dry spell

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Coming soon: Water wars

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Unless we act wisely, we may find out too late that the enemy is not without, but within

[OPINION] Thirsting for water: The challenge for the Philippines

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

This World Water Day is serving as a wake-up-call that the Philippines has a long way to go until it is sustainably managing its water resources

Thirsting for Water

WATCH: In hospitals, water woes take shape where lives are at stake

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Hospitals have not been spared by the water shortage hitting parts of Metro Manila. How do doctors and patients cope?

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to assess the water shortage condition of the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MWSS, utility firms to secure enough water supply in 50-year plan

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System wants a long-term plan to prevent a repeat of the ongoing water shortage

RUNNING DRY. The water level at the La Mesa dam in Quezon City, has reached 69.35 ft. from its 78 ft. normal level on March 6, 2019, due to receding water following months of very little rain. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang eyes executive order to address water shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) The executive order would establish reforms in agencies that deal with water, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as he assesses the water shortage also hitting hospitals

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The economics of Metro Manila’s burgeoning water crisis

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:06 AM

We’ve taken for granted the structural problems of our water sector for too long. It’s high time we changed that.

EXPLAINER: What caused Manila Water's service problems?

Mar 12, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Affected residents will have to wait for heavy rain to fill up the La Mesa Dam. In the long term, Manila Water eyes more water sources as a permanent fix.

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Act now on water security, groups tell gov't ahead of El Niño

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:30 PM

As an extended dry season looms, the private sector is on the move to keep water supply sufficient

Farmers in Sangay, Camarines Sur inspects his farm affected by drought. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Maynilad reduces supply due to muddy water from Ipo Dam

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Affected are barangays in Bulacan, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Cavite

Lone bidder qualifies for P84-million Baggao Water Supply Project

Mar 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The public-private partnership deal is seen to benefit 24 barangays in Baggao, Cagayan

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:04 PM

The prospect of empty water pipes haunts urban areas in climate hot spots

URBAN WOE. No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

4 million without water in deadly Chile floods

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The Maipo river which supplies most homes in Chile s capital Santiago gets contaminated by mudslides and rubble

No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. More than 1.4 million homes in Santiago were affected Sunday by a water cut from heavy rains in three regions of central Chile that left four dead and seven missing, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

Nitrates poison water in California's Central Valley

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The very same farmers who have tilled and cultivated the earth for decades in one of America s biggest produce regions have also poisoned it

WATER PROBLEM. Cristobal Chavez poses in is home with the only drinking water he and his family have - bottled water received through emergency deliveries - after discovering that the well on his property is contaminated with nitrates at three times the legal limit, August 24, 2016 in Porterville in California's Central Valley. Robyn Beck/AFP

India says 330 million people suffering from drought

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:40 PM

More are dying from heatstroke and families from remote villages walk long distances as they try to find water

epa05257485 Farmers from the different drought affected districts of Maharashtra resides at a temperory refugee camp in Mumbai, India, 13 April 2016. According to reports, 21 districts in Maharashtra are drought-affected. Hundreds of people are staying in a refugee camp in Mumbai, migrated from the drought affected area in Maharashtra. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

Unpaid forest guards stop work in critical watershed

Feb 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The Ipo Watershed – part of a watershed system which provides 97 of Metro Manila s water needs – is now vulnerable again to illegal logging and burning – no thanks to MWSS oversight

FIGHING ILLEGAL LOGGING. Ipo Watershed bantay gubat or forest guards find illegally-cut lumber floating in a river. Photo from Fredd Ochavo/UP Mountaineers

Baguio to have enough water supply despite El Niño

Jan 26, 2016 - 11:52 AM

The rain catchment has fully restored water and will be utilized during summertime when our spring sources cannot be tapped says the Baguio Water District

RESTORED WATER SOURCE. The Mount Santo Tomas basin. Rappler photo

'Toilet to tap' gains appeal in drought-parched California

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:19 PM

As California s historic drought drags on experts and politicians are taking a serious look at toilet to tap options to guarantee long term water supply

In this September 14, 2015 file photo, water in the preliminary stages of recycling at the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) water recycling facility in El Segundo, California, September 14, 2015. Robyn Beck/AFP

LIST: Maynilad villages to be affected by 12-hour water disruption

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED Residents of 11 Metro Manila cities and 4 localities in Cavite are encouraged to store water the day before the start of water disruption

355,500 homes in NCR face water disruption starting September

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:14 PM

These households may have less than 12 hours of water supply in the coming days as the government conserves water in preparation for drier days ahead

DRIPPING AWAY. People line up to get water in Manila. File photo by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Imminent water crisis declared in Iloilo City

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog says the city will be declared under a state of water crisis if there are no rains next week and the water supply remains low

DISTRIBUTION. Mobile water tanks can be seen around the city because of water rationing in barangays. Photo by Joselito Villasis

Bulk water supply seen to solve Baguio’s water woes

Apr 09, 2015 - 10:28 AM

The project is under study as Baguio City faces a serious water problem aggravated by continuous population growth without sustainable water management solutions in place

After Yolanda, communities re-learn value of water systems

Mar 22, 2015 - 2:00 PM

It feels good to see the enthusiasm of the people in owning their recovery It gives us the confidence that there will be sustainability even after we leave their areas

A staff checks the water storage tank installed in Dagami, Leyte.

Time now to act on looming water crisis, UN warns

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Without reforms the world will be plunged into a water crisis that could be crippling for hot dry countries the United Nations warns

WATER QUEUE. Yemenis fill jerry cans with water from a philanthropist-provided water tap in Radhma district, some 190 km south of Sana?a, Yemen, December 28, 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Cebu assured of water supply despite El Niño

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:34 AM

The Metro Cebu Water District says it has reserves which can last until July this year or at the expected end of the El Niño phenomenon

No water in Rizal areas March 15-18

Mar 14, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Manila Water is working on a natural calamity mitigation project that will temporarily cut off water supply in several barangays in Rizal

WATER SUPPLY. People line up to get water in Manila. File photo by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Tagaytay's tall buildings spell a water crisis

Feb 07, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The city s urban development hastens a projected water shortage for the province of Cavite by 2019 according to studies

NEW LANDMARKS. It's hard not to notice the 20-floor towers of SM Wind Residences in Tagaytay City. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Maynilad provides water tanks, stations for Jan. 18 papal mass

Jan 15, 2015 - 1:18 PM

The company would deploy 11 water tankers and set up 15 water stations at the Quirino Grandstand for the Mass attendees

Maynilad bares P37M service upgrade in Navotas Fish Port

Nov 28, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Once completed in the first quarter of 2015 water supply is seen to increase in the area from 4 to 5 hours daily to 24 hours a day

Drought-hit US town learns to live without water

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Porterville at the heart of what is known as America s food basket is suffering from one of California s worst droughts in up to a century

A RIVER RUNS DRY. A footbridge spans a completely dry river bed on September 4, 2014 in Porterville, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Baguio gets $250,000 ADB grant for water governance study

Sep 27, 2014 - 5:39 PM

The Asian Development Bank aims to assist the city in designing a multisectoral multi functional and multilateral City Water Governance Committee for better and sustainable water governance

DIMINISHING PINE FOREST. The depletion of Baguio City's pine forest is the primary cause of its inadequate groundwater supply. Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

SC asked to stop road work dirtying Benguet water supply

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Concerned citizens say the road project approved by a Baguio congressman does not have the required permits for tree cutting and earthmoving which have caused landslides

Water police on patrol in drought-scarred Los Angeles

Aug 31, 2014 - 5:53 PM

A record drought has triggered extra measures in Los Angeles – now including water police checking on over zealous sprinkler users and the like

JUST CHECKING. Enrique Silva, a 'water policeman' with the Water Conversation Response Unit in Los Angeles, patrols a neighborhood in Studio City, California on August 19, 2014, looking for homes or businesses wasting water during California's drought. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Higher billed volume boosts Manila Water H1 profit

Aug 08, 2014 - 8:27 PM

The Ayala led utility firm also plans expansion outside Metro Manila and other Asian countries