Maynilad says La Mesa treatment plant 1 upgrades complete

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THE upgrades are part of Maynilad’s P7.9-billion project to improve La Mesa Treatment Plants 1 and 2.

UPGRADES to the facilities in La Mesa Treatment Plant 1 in Quezon City were finally completed and put into commission, according to Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

On July 31, Maynilad said modifications to plant 1 of the treatment facility were finished such as the rehabilitation of eight sedimentation basins and 16 filters and the construction of a sludge treatment facility.

The upgrades are part of Maynilad’s P7.9-billion project to improve La Mesa Treatment Plants 1 and 2, which produce a combined 2,400 million liters of water daily and serve 90% of its 9.7 million customers.

Maynilad said that once all upgrades are done, the two La Mesa treatment plants will have better water treatment capacity, automated processes and earthquake-resilient structures.

In a separate release, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) said that other upgrades to the two treatment plants include the construction of pumping stations, laying of pipelines, installation of a new solar power system, settlers, sludge scrapers, control units, and safety and security systems.

“The upgrade is being done in phases so that the facilities can operate without interrupting water services for Maynilad customers,” the MWSS said.

Present in the commissioning activities were Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Maynilad President Ramoncito S. Fernandez, MWSS Administrator Emmanuel B. Salamat, National Water Resources Board Director Sevillo D. David, and other government personnel and stakeholders.

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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