Manila Water has completed yesterday (April 13) the physical repair and energization of the damaged mainline along EDSA and Boni Avenue which has affected 35 barangays in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon City and Pasig since the early morning of April 12.
28 water tankers were deployed to augment supply to affected barangays, including hospitals located in these areas. Here’s a list of the areas that suffered water interruptions because of this incident:
MANDALUYONG CITY (16)
Wack-Wack East Greenhills
Hagdang Bato Itaas
Hagdang Bato Libis
SAN JUAN CITY (12)
Corazon de Jesus
Halo-Halo (St. Joseph)
QUEZON CITY (6)
San Martin de Porres
Bagong Lipunan ng Crame
PASIG CITY (1)
Customers in these areas were encouraged to store just enough water for their needs within the water interruption schedule to avoid crowding around water tankers.
“We continue to work towards providing 24/7 water supply to all our customers and in these critical times of the pandemic, we cannot afford these incidents that interrupt our service, especially to hospitals. While we apologize for the inconvenience these has caused thousands of our customers, we are working non-stop to restore water service as soon as possible,”
Manila Water’s Group Head for Corporate Strategic Affairs Jeric Sevilla
The damaged line also disrupted traffic and caused heavy flooding in the area.
Here are some photos from seasoned photographer Rhoy Cobilla who was one of the first on the scene:
According to Manila Water the 600-mm mainline was damaged Sunday (April 11) evening by MMDA contractor AWIN Technology while installing CCTV networks in the area.
The water company also reported that this is not the first time that this contractor has damaged Manila Water lines through the course of their work. Since last year, the same contractor caused breakages on water pipes at six (6) different sites in the East Zone, including the one at EDSA/Boni, which was already the second incident for 2021.
Manila Water is coordinating with the contracting agency for sanctions and indemnities to be charged to their contractor, as well as to work together to avoid these incidents from happening again.
Despite difficult conditions onsite and the extent of the damage, new pipes where installed and sealed as quickly as possible to be able to restore water services to affected areas.
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