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The Worst Water Crisis in Nearly a Decade Hits Manila. Here's Why

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Manila's Water Crisis Continues

The capital of the Philippines, a nation with more than 7,500 islands, is reeling from the most severe water shortage in nearly a decade.

Infrastructure delays, rising demand and the onset of summer shrinking supply at dams are causing the shortage. Manila Water Co. Inc., the utility owned by Ayala Corp. and serves half of the capital, accepted blame for the supply crunch. While the problem eased in the past few days, the government and companies are still looking for immediate and long-term solutions.