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Old 9th March 2019, 09:35 PM
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This seems to happen every year during the dry season but it might get worse due to the El Nino effect and something to think about if you plan on retiring to the Philippines and that's limited access to water in larger cities or better yet your own water well.

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On Luzon or Laguna de Bay that the water dropped quickly and in our backyard so for sure, it's being used it went from nearly flooding 3 months ago to its normal bank level and I wasn't expecting to drop that fast and our soil is now like concrete it's bone dry.

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Sure seemed as if the water level dropped faster than normal in our well this year. Could be a long dry summer.

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We ran out of water a couple years ago. After one person showered you have to wait an hour or so for the next person to shower... kind of sucked. We had so much rain this year so I think (hope) we will be ok. We have 2 houses sharing one shallow well.
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We are suppling about 40 houses from our deep well so hopefully we will be ok. A worry was there was going to be a subdivision built next to us. When that happens they can suck a lot of water and suddenly all local shallow wells dry up.
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The Water problem ! I live in Los Banos on the edge of laguna De Bay , and the water Level is dropping very fast !
Where i live there is a large building built on a foundation of small boulders the highest water level 2yrs ago was just above the third row of boulders from the top ! Today is the level just above the bottom row of boulders !
The height from the bottom row to the Third row from the top is approx 12 ft ! Thats a lot of water thats missing !
Lots of plants starting to grow now as the water recedes .
We only use well water for washing clothes ( hand pump ) noticed a while back we had some banana trees in the back garden and a Guava tree but all started dying! Wife said thats normal, but then i realised that all the water from washing clothes with the soap powder etc was draining into the garden in the direction of the trees !
We got our builder handyman to dig a trench and concrete it and was rerouted into a pit just below our sea wall !
The banana trees have gone but the Quava tree is recovering !
Our mains water is very erratic here espec at weekends ! Sometimes no water at all for hours!
Latest problem is green algae in the hose pipes i clear it once a week by back flushing it with the help of a rawlplug
( wallplug for our American friends �� ) never drink water from the tap, and only drink wilkins or absolute and buy water in containers for boiling for coffee and cooking .
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I live on a hill above Cebu and they have been trucking water in for months, as the wells no longer reach the water table. It will only get worse with this El Niņo. And the roadway is getting badly damaged from the weight - you can see the lane going in is very bad and the one going out is fine (truck empty).
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I live on a hill above Cebu and they have been trucking water in for months, as the wells no longer reach the water table. It will only get worse with this El Niņo. And the roadway is getting badly damaged from the weight - you can see the lane going in is very bad and the one going out is fine (truck empty).
I heard this from another expat that lives on Mactan Island but he's stateside for vacation so I'm wondering if his well has any water because the city water doesn't run so well either.

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I would not even of thought there could be a water shortage until reading this. I get city water (not from a well) and assumed it would always flow. Not sure how anyone could get more info on this subject for their own local town. I am sure all will be silent until one day they cut it off.

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I would not even of thought there could be a water shortage until reading this. I get city water (not from a well) and assumed it would always flow. Not sure how anyone could get more info on this subject for their own local town. I am sure all will be silent until one day they cut it off.
Zep I wasn't paying attention or watching the local news until my son told me about the water shortage and it could affect many especially in the city area's because they get their water from these Dams and all the Dams supplying Manila are at critical levels.
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Zep I wasn't paying attention or watching the local news until my son told me about the water shortage and it could affect many especially in the city area's because they get their water from these Dams and all the Dams supplying Manila are at critical levels.
Hey Mark, that's not a good thing, imagine all the extra water trucks adding to the congestion. I hope our deep well is going ok, not heard any thing from the tenant so far fingers crossed for the move at the end of April. The locals tell us that all the underground water comes from the mountains and hills to the east.

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