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MMDA joins water conservation campaign

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) joined the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and water concessionaires Manila Water Company and Maynilad in launching an advocacy campaign for the responsible use of water.

Dubbed as “Oplan Tubig Para sa Kinabukasan”, the campaign aims to encourage inform the public about the current water situation; prepare at all times in cases of water shortage and be involve in a greater cause of using water conscientiously.

“We all need water to live and we can all do something to ensure that we continuously enjoy this precious resource even in our own little ways,'' said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.

According to Lim, water is very vital and every drop must not go to waste. He also said that water plays an important role most especially during disaster.

“We use water daily and we use it more when natural disaster hits us. The demand for potable water increases in areas where calamities strike,” Lim said.

“There is clearly a need for us to work together in this campaign especially with our current water situation. We need to reach as many Filipinos as we can and educate them on how we can help from the demand side,” Lim added.

Lim said, MMDA, as the lead agency, will actively push for the participation of the local governments in Metro Manila.

Each of the Metro Manila LGUs also have their own advocacy videos to show their constituents their commitment for responsible water usage.

Based on the last data from NWRB, Angat Dam, which is the primary source of water in Metro Manila, is currently at 188.6 meters – 23.4 meters lower than the expected 212 meters elevation by the end of the year.

According to NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo David, there are more than 15 million people who are getting water from Angat Dam, and this number continues to grow each year.

MWSS Administrator, Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat encourages everyone to be responsible in using water and to prepare especially for the dry season. “We have limited water supply and it will take years for us to have new water sources,” he said.

With DILG’s participation in the campaign, “Oplan Tubig Para sa Kinabukasan” is hopeful to get its message across cities and municipalities.

“We hope that with this campaign, individuals and communities will be inspired and encouraged to use water responsibly and to abide by the water-related initiatives set by their respective LGUs,” said DILG Sec. Eduardo Año.

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