Construction of Maynilad’s WRF gets under way

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MEGAWIDE Construction Corp. and MUL consortium started construction of the Las Piñas Water Reclamation Facility on Feb. 22.

THE group of Megawide Construction Corp. and MUL consortium said it has started constructing the P2.05-billion Las Piñas Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) of Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

The listed diversified engineering conglomerate said in a statement Monday that it broke ground for the WRF on Feb. 22.

Megawide and MUL Consortium, composed of Japan’s Toshiba Water Solutions Pvt Ltd. and Pasig-based construction firm LinkEnergie Industries Co. Inc., was tapped to design and build the project.

The Las Piñas WRF is set to be Maynilad’s largest wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 88 million liters per day (MLD), and is seen to serve about 660,000 customers.

The group plans to complete the project by 2021.

“Once the Las Piñas WRF is operational, it will process raw sewage to conform to DENR standards of cleanliness. It will discharge only clean water into the river system that drains directly to Manila Bay,” LinkEnergie Chief Executive Officer Francisco B. Matias was quoted as saying in a statement.

Megawide noted that this is its first engineering project in wastewater treatment, since the company is mainly involved in engineering, procurement, and construction for residential and office properties as well as airport infrastructure.

“(W)e’re proud to be partner to Maynilad in this undertaking. Together with MUL, we are looking forward to delivering a first-world facility that meets the standards of Maynilad and benefits the greater community,” Megawide Deputy Head for Construction Frederick Tan said in a statement. — Arra B. Francia