By THEPHILBIZNEWS STAFF
West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is spending about P2.2 billion this year to replace 312 kilometers of old, leaky pipes, in line with its program to reduce water losses and upgrade the distribution system.
These pipe replacement activities—to be done in various portions of Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Bacoor City within the year—are expected to help Maynilad 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 end of April 2019, Maynilad has already replaced some 2,355 kilometers of old pipelines within its concession area. This is about 58% 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 Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the concessionaire of the MWSS for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), Makati (certain portions), 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.