Maynilad to invest P200 billion for wastewater projects
September 18, 2019
West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) will invest almost P200 billion for wastewater projects from 2019 until the end of the concession period in 2037.
This budget will go towards the construction of 26 new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) that have a combined treatment capacity of 1,600 million liters per day, the installation of some 425 kilometers of new sewer lines that will catch the wastewater generated by around 10 million Maynilad customers, and the operation and maintenance of all wastewater facilities, among others.
The planned investment is on top of the P39 billion expenditures/ committed costs that Maynilad has put into wastewater projects and services in the West Zone since 1997 when MWSS operations were privatized. These investments enabled the company to reach an additional 1.3 million customers with its sewerage services, bringing total customers served to almost 2 million by 2018.
Meanwhile, customers in unsewered areas are covered by Maynilad’s septic tank cleaning services.
“Maynilad only started investing heavily in the wastewater infrastructure after it got out of corporate rehabilitation in 2008 and expanded water service to more areas. Despite this, in less than 10 years, we managed to increase sewerage coverage in the West Zone to 20% of our 9.5 million water-served population. That is proof of our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
“As we work on expanding our wastewater services, we also closely collaborate with our government partners so that other pollution sources that harm Manila Bay will be addressed,” Fernandez added.
Maynilad now operates 22 wastewater treatment facilities with a combined treatment capacity of about 663,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day. The company is also currently constructing STPs in Valenzuela City and in Tunasan and Cupang in Muntinlupa.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (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 (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.