MANILA - The record-low level in Angat Dam, the capital’s main water reservoir, has finally caught up with millions of residents of Metro Manila as the Maynilad Water Services Inc. implemented supply cuts until July 23.

In a statement, Maynilad said the disruptions in water supply started Friday in various barangays in 11 cities and in Cavite after it received a 30-percent supply cut from the dam.

“Since February this year, our water allocation from Angat Dam has been steadily reduced because of El Niño… For the month of July, our allocation has been cut by 30 percent and as a result, around 46 percent of our customer base has experienced reduced water pressure," said Maynilad.

As of 6 a.m. Saturday, water level in Angat Dam is at 157.68 meters, 0.06 m higher than the historic low of 157.62 m recorded last Thursday.

With this, Maynilad said a total of 46 barangays in Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela, Las Pinas and Navotas have been “severely affected" by the water supply reduction.

In a separate interview, Maynilad spokesperson Cherubim Ocampo said that among those severely affected by the water shortage are 22 barangays in Quezon City, 13 in Caloocan, four in Malabon, four in Valenzuela, two in Las Piñas and a barangay in Navotas City.

The Angat Dam in Bulacan supplies 97 percent of the capital’s water needs but government officials shrugged off claims of water crisis despite the below-critical status of the dam.

The critical level of the dam is at 160 meters. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)