Manila Water and Maynilad notified on Wednesday that traffic congestion will intensify once they follow the recent order by the Supreme Court to complete joining sewer lines and put up sewage treatment plants in Metro Manila within 5 years.
The High Court also ordered a fine of P921.5 million each on the utilities over breaches of the Clean Water Act.
Both concessionaires are contesting the SC decision, stating that laying down sewer lines within such a short timeframe will further complicate the traffic situation in city and nearby areas.
Maynilad declared its plans to lay down 425 kilometers of new sewer lines from Caloocan to Cavite over the next 18 years. The utility firm stated it is currently laying sewer lines in Valenzuela, Cavite City, Las Piñas, and in barangays Cupang and Tunasan in Muntinlupa. It also lately finished sewerage projects in Pasay and Parañaque.
Under its approved business plan, Maynilad still has to spend almost P200 billion for wastewater projects from 2019 until the end of the concession period in 2037, the company said.
News source: ABS CBN News