West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is replacing some 312 km. of old and leaky pipes this year, in line with its program to reduce water losses and upgrade the distribution system, and will spend PHP2.2 billion to do so.
The water concessioner said in a statement on Thursday that these pipe replacement activities — to be done in various portions of Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Bacoor City — are expected to help them recover about 28 million liters of water per day (MLD), which is enough to supply the water needs of some 200,000 customers.
As of April, Maynilad has already replaced some 2,355 km. of old pipelines within its concession area. This is about 58 percent of the old distribution system that the company inherited when it was re-privatized in 2007.
“Replacing old pipes is part of the strategy to maximize existing supply for distribution to more areas. This is particularly important now, as we strive to meet the ever-increasing water requirements of a growing population,” said Ramoncito S. Fernandez, Maynilad president and CEO.
Maynilad is the concessionaire for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of certain portions of the cities of Manila, Quezon City, and Makati, as well as Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas, and Malabon all in Metro Manila; Cavite City, and the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite province.
News source: Philippine News Agency