• Manila Water expands sewerage system

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    Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. will spend P346 million to construct a 3.2-kilometer sewer network in Marikina City and San Mateo, Rizal.

    Abelardo Basilio, Manila Water Strategic Asset Management Group director, said that the sewer network – which will benefit some 500,000 residents of the San Mateo and Marikina, as well as nearby cities – will be constructed through trenchless methodology and is set to be completed within one year.

    “The first segment of Marikina North sewer network is set to bring forth the first flows of sewage that will be treated at the 100 million liters per day sewage treatment plant being constructed at Marikina City,” Basilio said.

    “The project is part of the Marikina North Sub-Catchment program that will treat sewage flows coming from portions of Marikina and San Mateo,” he added.

    The project is also a commitment of Manila Water to become the leader in the provision of wastewater services that will protect the environment and enhance sustainable development.

    Manila Water continues to expand its sewerage service coverage within the East Zone concession area. Basilio added that before 1997, there was only 3-percent sanitation coverage at the East Zone.

    To date, Manila Water is operating a total of 37 sewage treatment plants and two septage treatment facilities, with a total wastewater treatment capacity of 500 million liters per day.

    Manila Water has also installed 109,717 sewer connections which serves 158,242 households at its concession area, surpassing its proposed target of 106,000 sewerage connections for the 2008 Rate Rebasing.

    Manila Water is the East Zone concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, providing water and wastewater services to more than 6.2 million residents of portions of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and several towns in Rizal province.

    James Konstantin Galvez

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