PRIME Metroline Infrastructure Holdings, Inc. (Prime Infra) of tycoon Enrique K. Razon, Jr. is expecting the government’s green light for its plan to develop the Wawa Dam in Rizal.

“The project is calendared for Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) board of trustees’ approval next week, May 9, 2019,” Prime Infra said in a statement Thursday.

The infrastructure company said it wants to bring in 80 million liters per day (MLD) of raw water supply by 2021, and more than 500 MLD by 2025.

“We look forward to the endorsement of MWSS to authorize its concessionaire, Manila Water [Co., Inc.], to move forward with this high priority project.“ Mr. Razon was quoted as saying in the statement, noting the Wawa water supply project had already been turned over by the MWSS to President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

He earlier said the company is investing around P20 billion to fund the plan to build a 500-MLD water supply facility at the Wawa catchment. This is the first venture of Mr. Razon, whose main business includes ports and casinos, into the water business.

Part of Prime Infra’s project is ensuring the water supply security of Manila Water with the new water source, and immediately delivering 80 MLD in two years.

“Wawa JVCo. will be responsible for the raw water supply source development, while MWSS concessionaire, Manila Water, will treat the water and distribute to east zone customers,” it said, referring to the joint venture of Prime Infra and San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders & Developers Group, Inc. — Denise A. Valdez