MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. has earmarked P350 million for the installation of two modular treatment plants in Cavite that aim to provide additional water supply for its 50,000 customers in the province.

The two water treatment plants are projected to produce an additional 13 million liters of water daily and will use ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis technology that will treat water sourced from rivers in Imus City.

Maynilad said the installation of the two treatment plants and pipe works are estimated to be complete by February 2021.

Meanwhile, the west zone water concessionaire said it also plans to install additional modular treatment plants, one in Bacoor and another in Las Piñas.

“This will yield yet another 13 million liters of potable water per day, for distribution to the southern portion of Maynilad’s concession area,” the water provider said.

Sourcing additional water from rivers in Cavite is part of Maynilad’s efforts to find a medium-term solution in addressing supply difficulties, amid the government’s plan to develop another major dam to meet rising consumer demand.

Maynilad provides water for areas in the west zone of the National Capital Region such as Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas, Malabon, Manila, Makati, and Quezon City; and parts of Cavite province such as Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta, and Rosario.

Metro Pacific Investments Corp., which has majority stake in Maynilad, is one of three Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., the others being Philex Mining Corp. and PLDT Inc.

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