Maynilad sets aside P22B for new water treatment plants


Maynilad Water Services Inc. has set aside P22 billion to develop seven new water treatment plants in the next five years, boosting the available water supply within its concession area.

In a statement, Maynilad said the planned treatment facilities would rise in the cities of Muntinlupa, Pasay and Parañaque in Metro Manila as well as the provinces of Cavite and Rizal.

The plants will get raw water from various sources, including Laguna Lake, Kaliwa Dam, some rivers in Cavite province, and the treated used water discharged by the firms’ water reclamation facilities.

The latest undertaking forms part of Maynilad’s five-year service enhancement program, which involves the laying of new pipelines, construction of additional pumping stations and reservoirs, replacement and repair of old pipes, construction of new sewage treatment plants and rehabilitation of existing water and wastewater facilities, among others.

It will be financed by Maynilad’s P219.8-billion budget for 2023 to 2027.

“By increasing our water production, we can better close the gap between available supply and the growing demand. This, along with sustained upgrades of our water infrastructure, will allow us to increase pressure in the pipe network and ultimately reduce service disruptions,” said Maynilad chief operating officer Randolph Estrellado.

At present, Maynilad operates four new water treatment plants—two in La Mesa Compound in Quezon City and another two in Putatan, Muntinlupa.

Together, the four plants produce 2,700 MLD of potable water supply benefiting more than 9.5 million Maynilad customers.

Maynilad earlier said it had constructed 20 wastewater facilities since 2007 and wastewater projects would remain a priority in its pipeline.

Recently, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) approved the water rate hike of Maynilad which would take effect in January next year.

Maynilad would charge an additional P13.69 to its customers, broken down as follows: P3.29 per cubic meter in 2023; P6.26 per cu.m. in 2024; P2.12 per cu.m. in 2025; up to P1.01 per cu.m. in 2026; and as much as P1.01 per cu.m. in 2027.

Customers of Maynilad with monthly consumption of 10 cu.m. will notice their bills will jack up to P135.70 while those consuming 20 cu.m. and 30 cu.m. will observe their bills to increase to P509.11 and P1,039.64.

Maynilad, the largest private water concessionaire of the MWSS in terms of customer base, holds a congressional franchise to provide water and wastewater service to many parts of Metro Manila and Cavite.

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