No water disconnection till end-Sept

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    The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said the two water concessionaires in Metro Manila will be asked to hold the issuance of disconnection notices until the end of September to ease burden of consumers reeling from the impact of the new coronavirus disease 201-19.

    Emmanuel Salamat, MWSS administrator, said the extension of the reprieve from August as originally planned was “decided by the board” and “is already effective.”

    However, MWSS-Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) chief regulator, Patrick Ty, said he has yet to receive a formal copy of the decision that was finalized during a July 9 board meeting.

    “This is good news for consumers, but I can only implement that if I have a copy of the board resolution,” Ty daid.

    He said there has not been any water rate adjustment for this year except for the quarterly foreign currency differential adjustment.

    Laban Konsyumer Inc. earlier issued an appeal to the MWSS-RO that water rates should have gone down at the beginning of this year as part of the consumer price index (CPI) adjustment, which happens every January.

    Ty said CPI adjustment as well as the supposed adjustments under rate rebasing were both deferred in January.