The West Zone concessionaire and water utility, Maynilad Water Services, has announced to invest about PHP7.63bn ($187.4m) in 2013, to improve and extend its services to the south of Metro Manila, Philippines.
The water utility intends to cover Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas and Cavite areas of Metro Manila, and provide improved water services to its customers.
Maynilad Water has set aside PHP4.1bn ($100m) for the wastewater management projects in the south of Metro Manila.
The utility will construct sewage treatment plants in Pasay and Muntinlupa, and conveyance systems in Muntinlupa and Parañaque.
The concessionaire has plans to use PHP2.4bn ($59m) to extend the company's primary, secondary and tertiary water pipelines in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque and in portions of Cavite.
Maynilad Water has also allocated PHP240m (5.8m) to improve water pressure and availability and has reserved PHP194m ($4.7m) to reduce water losses in Bacoor, Muntinlupa, and Las Piñas areas.
The company has also set aside PHP700m ($17.2m) to increase the treatment process capacity of Maynilad's Putatan Water Treatment Plant by 50 million litres per day (MLD).
Maynilad Water Services president and CEO Ricky P Vargas said the continuous investment in the areas have improved the lives of customers in the south of Metro Manila.
"They no longer have to rely on unsafe and expensive water deliveries from vendors like they used to some six years ago," Vargas added.
The company's customer base in the south has increased from 79,861 to 263,231 from the end of 2006 to 2012, following the completion of major pipelaying projects at the Aguinaldo Highway, Coastal Road, Daang Hari Highway, Molino Boulevard, P. Burgos Avenue and Tirona Highway.
In addition, the company noted that all its customers in Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa and Cavite will receive water supply with a minimum pressure of at least 7lbs per square inch.
Image: Workers laying water pipes in south of Metro Manila. Photo: Courtesy of Maynilad Water Services.