WEST ZONE water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. has started the laying of a primary pipeline as part of the construction of its new water treatment plant in Muntinlupa City.

Maynilad said in a statement during the weekend that the pipeline, which has a diameter of 1,800 millimeters, will source water from Laguna Lake to be produced by the company’s P10-billion Poblacion water treatment plant.

The treatment facility is capable of producing 150 million liters of potable water per day and will cater to the company’s customers in Cavite and other areas south of its concession area.

“The facility is part of Maynilad’s medium-term plan to produce additional supply so it can meet the growing water demand and ease over-reliance on Angat Dam, currently the only major water supply source for Metro Manila and nearby provinces,” the water provider said.

Maynilad also disclosed that the construction of its water treatment facility will be finished in the latter part of 2023, from its original completion date in 2022, due to quarantine restrictions that limited the movement of the project’s workers.

Ramoncito S. Fernandez, Maynilad president and chief executive officer, said the P10-billion treatment plant aims to produce the additional water needed to avoid water supply issues while waiting for the completion of the government’s long-term water source projects.

“This is a project requiring billions of investments, and will take years to complete. We are ready to see it through to full completion. We are in this for the long haul,” Mr. Fernandez said.

The water provider has two water treatment facilities in Muntinlupa that produce a total of 300 million liters of water per day and serves 1.2 million customers in the southern area of its concession.

Maynilad provides water to Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas, Malabon, Manila, Makati, and Quezon City, as well as parts of Cavite province including Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta, and Rosario.

Metro Pacific Investments Corp., which has a 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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