MANILA Water Co., Inc. reported on Wednesday that its east zone network has expanded to 5,290 kilometers of water pipelines as of March as part of its ongoing expansion.

“Through these additional water lines, Manila Water will be able to continuously expand the water service coverage for the whole east zone and will substantially serve additional customers beyond its central distribution system,” Manila Water Corporate Communications Affairs Group Head Jeric T. Sevilla said in a statement.

Mr. Sevilla said that the expanded network serves a population of 7.3 million and gives them 24/7 access to clean, reliable, and potable water supply.

“The water quality in all plant outlets and distribution lines are all compliant with the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water which regularly samples and tests water for physical, chemical, and microbiological parameters,” he added.

Manila Water also said it is continuing its expansion of sewer network for wastewater treatment in its 41 sewage treatment plants.

As of March, total kilometers of sewer pipes laid has reached nearly 447 kilometers.

“These lines will ensure that wastewater coming from households and other residential establishments will be conveyed through this sewer network for treatment so that it will be returned safely to water bodies without polluting them,” Manila Water said.

The water concessionaire works with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in providing water and wastewater services to Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Pateros, Mandaluyong, San Juan, portions of Quezon City and Manila, and several towns of the nearby province of Rizal.

At the stock exchange on Wednesday, Manila Water shares rose by 1.1% or 20 centavos to close at P18.40. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson