The 5 Things I Learned from Visiting Ipo Dam and Angat Dam
As crazy as it sounds, I recently joined a special day tour at Ipo Dam and Angat Dam to see what the fuss is about and just how crucial the work that Maynilad brings to the table or rather to the citizens of Metro Manila and even beyond. And I was surprised at just how integral their work is. That being said, let me share my thoughts aka the 7 things I learned from visiting Angat Dam and Ipo Dam
- The Angat Dam and Ipo Dam is an Instagrammer’s Paradise
The whole place where we get our water isn’t just vital for our daily survival; it’s also beautiful. Period. It takes awhile to get from one place to another but its really a marriage between nature and technology. Scenic views on top of viewing areas where you see how water gets treated and how the Maynilad corporation takes care of the environment. Sadly though, the place is private property so if you get the chance to visit those dams, do me a favor and say yes.
- All that water is divided neatly
In that day trip I also learned that Maynilad and Manila Water share the same source for their water service. That means that there are two major businesses that operate on getting the water from the dam straight to your office or home. And while they share one source, they have different facilities and different ways of doing business!
- There’s a lot of renovation happening
Maynilad is so committed to provide superior quality customer service even before and for 2020 they aim to do the same. And during our recent trip, we found out that there are some big changes and big repairs happening to the dam. I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible but the gist is that there are some parts of the dam that needs to be repaired and improved upon which may cause some water shortages throughout Metro Manila.
- Cloud Seeding is a wildcard
So there were some people who also asked why Maynilad didn’t do cloud seeding as much as possible. The answer we learned was that cloud seeding is a costly wild child/ wildcard. Not because you did the whole process of cloud seeding, it doesn’t mean that it would rain in the area that you want. Wind factor and cloud density and presence will dictate whether or not it would even rain. I also learned in relation to cloud seeding that even if they “make it rain” so to speak, it won’t mean it would hit the dam to replenish the water supply in the dam and the reservoir. So that’s not really a big factor to help increase the water in the dam.
- Rationing water supply is imperative for the future
My biggest takeaway from the tour is the fact that scheduled water interruption is the real key to go through the dry season. There’s a lot of elements and factors that would endanger the water supply for the entire Metro Manila. It’s also a sad realization that they need to schedule the water supply for households and Maynilad customers.
You can check out a more detailed explanation about the shortage of water and the eventual rationing and scheduling of water supply for Maynilad customers in this youtube video below.
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