Metro Manilans: Prepare for Interruptions in both Power and Water Supply!
The yellow alert for power supply in the Luzon grid was downgraded to white alert Wednesday due to lower temperature and demand.
However, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said tight supply will again be experienced Thursday and Friday unless the temperature will not shoot up again.From Interaksyon
Water Service Interruptions
Period: from Holy Wednesday (April 16) to Black Saturday (April 19).
-In Metro Manila, the affected areas are Makati, Malabon, Manila, Navotas, Pasay, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Parañaque.
-In Cavite, the affected areas are Imus, Kawit, Bacoor, Cavite City, and Noveleta.
There will be a three-day water service interruption in parts of Metro Manila and Cavite--from Holy Wednesday (April 16) to Black Saturday (April 19).
In a statement, Maynilad Water Services Inc. said the interruptions will give way to a flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The complete schedule of interruptions is available as a PDF download at the Maynilad website.
Luzon grid in white alert Wednesday but back to yellow alert before weekend
MANILA -- The yellow alert for power supply in the Luzon grid was downgraded to white alert Wednesday due to lower temperature and demand.
However, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said tight supply will again be experienced Thursday and Friday unless the temperature will not shoot up again.
He said contingency reserve for the Luzon grid is normally at 600 megawatts (MW) but it was down to 250-300MW lately because of the summer heat.
Another reason for the tight supply is the maintenance shutdown of some power plants aggravated by the emergency shutdown of the others.
Among the power plants that would be on planned maintenance shutdown and will not be operating at its maximum capacity this month are the GN Power 1, Sta. Rita 1, Makban 1, Magat 1, and Calaca.
In May, the unit 2 of Angat power plant will also be on maintenance shutdown although there is no definite time yet when it will be back on normal operations.
Those that are on forced outage this month are Pagbilao 2, Tiwi 2, Masinloc 2, Malaya 1, Limay 2, Sta. Rita 4, Angat mini hydro Unit 3, Makban 5, and Bacman 2.
Petilla said some of these plants are expected to return to their normal operations by April 14, thus, the power situation is projected to be back to normal or white alert again.
Stay healthy during interruption to utilitiesFrom ses.sa
Interruption to power and water in your area may pose a risk to your health and safety. There are a few simple measures that can be taken to minimise the effects.
If there is a power outage in your area that is likely to be short term:
Keep medications requiring refrigeration in a fridge, but wrap them in foil or a heat repellent container with an icepack ready to place with them if the power goes off
Keep mobile phones, tablets/iPads, laptops/computers charged so they are still able to be used during an outage
Have a battery, solar or wind-up powered torch and radio available and spare batteries
Cool the house and maintain a seal to keep temperatures to a minimum
During the outage
Stay hydrated – drink water regularly
Keep curtains and blinds closed to retain the cool in your home
Pull down the outdoor shading of your home
Use a wet cloth or flannel, spray or ice pack to cool down
Take a cold bath or shower
Limit the number of times you open the refrigerator and freezer
Limit use of your oven and stove if possible
If there is a cool breeze at night, open up your house to help it to cool
Consider using a battery operated personal fan
Ensure you are able to remove your car from your garage which has an electrically operated door
Check that electrical appliances such as stoves and heaters are switched off as there is a risk of fire when electricity supply is restored if these appliances are left unattended
Keep pets inside or in a cool place with ample water
Take extra care if driving at night as street lights and traffic lights may not be operating
In buildings with lifts take notice of the advice provided in case of power failure, or if you get stuck, follow the procedure for contacting authorities outlined on the lift controls
Make sure all taps are turned off if you use an electrical pressure pump. This will prevent flooding if supply is restored when you are not home
After power comes back on following a prolonged outage, be careful eating food products usually stored in the fridge or freezer that may have been damaged by loss of cold storage
For longer term outages:
If water supply is from tanks or a bore, alternatives to the normal electrical pressure pump should be investigated
Ensure your car is topped up with fuel in case fuel bowsers are not operable
Ensure you have sufficient cash on hand in case ATM and credit facilities are not available
If you have all-electric cooking facilities consider purchasing a small gas powered camping stove to heat food/water
If your home has an electric hot water system and you keep using it, the water will go cold. Consider this if you anticipate a long wait before power is restored
If there is an interruption to water supply to your home/area:
Fill bottles/jugs of drinking water or purchase emergency cask water and keep in a cool, dark place
Fill your bath (supervise young children) and other containers with water
During the interruption to your water supply
Limit the use of water for non-essential uses
Use stored water to flush toilet – only when necessary
Continue to use wet towels, flannels and sprays to keep cool
Your bathroom may be the coolest part of your home
Check on family, friends and neighbours and assist them where possible
Stay hydrated and limit caffeine and alcohol intake
IF THE LACK OF ELECTRICITY AND / OR WATER SUPPLY CONTINUES TO AFFECT YOUR HOME, CONSIDER MOVING TO FRIENDS, RELATIVES OR COMMUNITY FACILITIES WHERE THESE SERVICES ARE UNAFFECTED.