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Kumikita sa krisis! MWSS restricting supply to Manila Water for Maynilad-MVP’s benefit, says ex-employee

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The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) deliberately closed the La Mesa bypass regulating the water flow shared by Maynilad and Manila Water for the former’s benefit, a former employee has claimed.

Angel Salazar, an MWSS employee for 30 years, said the water crisis affecting various parts of Metro Manila and Rizal will be solved if MWSS opens the bypass.

Salazar made the suggestion after MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty made a Facebook post on the technical reasons why the East Zone serviced by Manila Water is experiencing water shortage.

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Ty said Manila Water’s daily allocation of 1600 million liters per day (mld) is no longer enough to service its customers.

In response to Ty’s Facebook post, Salazar left a comment: “Open the bypass and the problem will be solved.”

The former MWSS employee, who claimed to have worked at the agency from 1982 to 2012, said the bypass’ closure resulted in Maynilad, a company owned by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, getting the lion’s share of the water supply that comes from Angat Dam.

“Pinasara ng MWSS board ito para lahat ng tubig pumunta ng maynilad kaya natuyo la mesa dam. Kung bakit inutos ng mwss ito, your guess is as good as mine,” he said.

Salazar, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a civil engineering graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, said Maynilad prefers the bypass closed “because they could not draw more than their allocation if this is open.”

He explained that the bypass was constructed “to bypass seepage and evaporation losses if raw water from angat dam is made to pass thru la mesa dam.”

“It is for this reason that it should always be open, sayang ang tubig pag sa la mesa reservoir pinadaan,” Salazar said.

The former MWSS employee said the bypass is Manila Water’s only means of control to ensure it gets its 40 percent of water supply from Angat Dam, as stated in the concession agreement.

“OPEN THE BYPASS and see the result. A friend of mine designed that bypass, i conceptualized its need to have it constructed. the by[pass is under Manila Water’s control but the problem lies with the MWSS regulatory board, which oversees the 2 concessionaires,” he said.

Salazar said he’s aware of how the bypass works because he knows “the system from umiray down to our customers.” Umiray River is connected to Angat Dam.

He insinuated that corruption had something to do with MWSS’ order to close the bypass.

“Ayala group of companies like Manila Water are known for their integrity in going about their business, the government is famous for its corrupt practices,” Salazar said.

Screenshots of Ty’s post and Salazar’s reply were taken by netizen Myles Jamito, who shared them in a separate Facebook post. As of posting time on Friday (March 15), the post has garnered 37,000 shares.

Read the entirety of Ty and Salazar’s exchange below.

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