METRO MANILA’S west zone water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. said its non-revenue water management (NRW) program has recovered 979 million liters per day (MLD) since its launch in 2008, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

“Our almost P25-billion capital investment in NRW Management over the past 12 years enabled us to recover a water volume that is equivalent to constructing a new dam,” said Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph T. Estrellado said. “This additional supply has gone a long way in supporting our drive to expand services to previously unserved areas.”

The recovered water is enough to supply about 1.7 million households with potable water, and fill a volume equivalent to a roughly 390 Olympic-size pools every day, the company said.

Aside from the water recovery program, the tapping of Laguna Lake as an alternative raw water source besides Angat dam added supply for distribution to households.

Maynilad started drawing water from the lake in 2010 after constructing its Putatan water treatment plant in Muntinlupa. It currently has two treatment facilities in the area that have a combined output of 300 MLD.

With the rising population within its coverage area, Maynilad has been boosting its water network through pipe replacement and leak repair activities. The initiative is aimed at enhancing efficiencies while making more water available to expanding customer base.

At present, the concessionaire serves around 9.6 million people, up from 6.1 million in 2006 before Maynilad’s re-privatization.

“These infrastructure enhancements, as well as the two additional treatments plants we built in Putatan, helped to boost available supply and stave off water shortages,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Ramoncito S. Fernandez.

However, he said Metro Manila’s continued over-reliance on Angat dam as its single major raw water source is a supply risk that the government is now seeking to address.

Maynilad is the country’s largest private water concessionaire in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor of state-led Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for greater Metro Manila’s west zone.

The company serves certain portions of the cities of Manila and Quezon, the side of Makati City west of South Super Highway, and other Metro Manila towns Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon.

Maynilad also supplies water to the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite province. — VVS