How to reduce water consumption in the city
A new report finds that a water supply shortage in the central city of Manila has cut water use by nearly half compared to a year ago.
The report, by the Water Supply, Power and Environment Institute, notes that Manila had been seeing severe shortages of drinking water for several years before the outbreak of Typhoon Haiyan.
The institute’s analysis of city data shows that Manila consumed 4,946 million liters of water in July 2016, down 6 percent from the same month last year.
That was the highest water consumption since June 2017.
But as the rainy season approaches, the institute said the number of days with a minimum of 10,000 liters in the system could increase significantly.
It said the city is now experiencing a water shortage for at least another year.
The government has been urging residents to conserve water by reducing water use and using water for cooking, washing, laundry and hygiene.
However, the water shortages are expected to be worse in the coming months, the Water Ministry said on Monday.
Water use by households in Manila has risen from 3.1 million litels per capita in December to 5.1 billion litels in July.
The city is the country’s fourth largest city, after Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.
The Philippines has had a chronic water shortage since 2005.
The country has only one major river, the Rio Grande, which supplies the rest of the country.