The Manila metropolitan area has experienced widespread water distribution disruptions through Wednesday, March 13, with more than 52,000 households without service. Reports of shortages began on Thursday, March 7, for customers of the municipal water utility company Manila Water in the capital's East Zone; officials have cautioned that residents will likely experience service disruptions over the coming days and weeks.
The company primarily draws water from the La Mesa dam and other nearby reservoirs, which are facing record low water levels due to high demand and low rainfall. Authorities are attempting to divert supply from other dams, although Manila Water indicated infrastructure deficiencies and project delays will likely result in continued disruptions until rains sufficiently replenish reservoirs. Lingering water service disruptions are likely over the coming days and weeks.
Individuals in the Manila area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, be prepared for water cuts and stock up on bottled water, limit water usage (including flushing toilets), and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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