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Maynilad advises customers to store clean water ahead of Mangkhut

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 9/12/2018 Sollorano, Vic
Vehicles navigate in leg-deep flood along Elliptical Road in Quezon City on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, due to a sudden downpour brought about by the Southwest Monsoon. Typhoon Mangkhut, which is moving at 20 kph westward with sustained winds of 200 kph and gustiness of 245 kph, is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, and to be named "Ompong." GMA News © GMA News Vehicles navigate in leg-deep flood along Elliptical Road in Quezon City on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, due to a sudden downpour brought about by the Southwest Monsoon. Typhoon Mangkhut, which is moving at 20 kph westward with sustained winds of 200 kph and gustiness of 245 kph, is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, and to be named "Ompong." GMA News

Maynilad Water Services Inc. on Wednesday advised its customers to store water in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut, or Ompong once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

“Bilang paghahanda sa paparating na Bagyong Ompong, inaabisuhan ng Maynilad ang lahat ng customers na mag-ipon ng tubig,” the company said in an advisory.

“Ito ay para masiguro na mayroong magagamit na tubig ang customers sakaling mapilitan ang Maynilad na bawasan ang water production ng La Mesa Treatment Plants 1 and 2 dala nang pagtaas ng turbidity (concentration ng sediments) sa raw water ng Ipo Dam,” Maynilad noted.

“Ang pagbaba ng produksyon ng tubig ay magreresulta sa emergency service interruptions sa ilang lugar,” it added.

Water turbidity levels at the dam are expected to higher once heavy rains hit the Ipo watershed.

As of 8 a.m., Mangkhut’s eye was spotted at 1,190 kilometers east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

It is tracking westward at 20 kph.

State weather bureau PAGASA administrator Vicente Mallano warned that Mangkhut, together with the Southwest Monsoon, could bring rainfall similar to or even greater than 2009’s Tropical Storm Ondoy. —Anna Felicia Bajo/VDS, GMA News

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