Maynilad expects to finish Poblacion WTP by yearend

West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. on Tuesday said it will produce an additional 50 million liters per day (MLD) of water supply by December 2023 with the operation of its new treatment plant that is currently being constructed in Poblacion, Muntinlupa.

Construction of the new Poblacion Water Treatment Plant (WTP), which will be Maynilad’s third facility to tap Laguna Lake as an alternative raw water source to the Angat Dam, is now 53 percent complete, the company said.

Once fully operational by the first half of 2024, this facility will have the capacity to produce 150 MLD of potable water for the southern portion of Maynilad’s concession area, particularly Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa and Cavite.

At the moment, Maynilad has two treatment plants in Putatan, Muntinlupa, that provide 300-MLD of water supply for around 1.7 million customers in the south.

“Our production of 300 MLD is stretched to meet the current requirements of our customers in the south. Hence, whenever extreme conditions necessitate reduced production, there is no extra supply so some of our customers experience service disruption. The additional output that we will get from the Poblacion WTP will help to address that,”  said Maynilad COO Randolph T. Estrellado.

The Poblacion water treatment plant is part of Maynilad’s P220-billion service enhancement program from 2023 to 2027 that is focused on promoting enhanced water sustainability and climate resiliency.

Maynilad is also spending some P19 billion over the next 5 years for the installation of 121 kilometers of new sewer lines to expand sewerage services for its customers.

The new sewer pipelines, to be laid in portions of Manila, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Bacoor, Las Piñas, Caloocan and Quezon City, will catch waste water generated by around 2.1 million customers and convey it to Maynilad’s sewage treatment plants for proper treatment before discharge to the ecosystem.

“The installation of new sewer lines is part of our effort to protect community health and the environment through proper sewage collection and treatment. We hope for the continued support of the local government units so that we can fast track the implementation of these pipe-laying projects in their area,”  Estrellado said.

To minimize public inconvenience resulting from these pipe-laying activities, Maynilad closely coordinates with the barangays and communities. Affected roads are also immediately restored with temporary asphalt pavement to make the roads passable to motorists. Moreover, Maynilad said it regularly monitors its contractors to ensure that their work sites are fully enclosed by board-up barricades and have appropriate lighting and traffic/warning signs.

Maynilad is currently operating and maintaining 625 kilometers of sewer lines, and 22 wastewater treatment facilities that have a combined capacity to treat around 664 million liters of wastewater per day.

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