MAYNILAD Water Services Inc. (Maynilad), water services concessionaire for Metro Manila’s west zone, announced on Tuesday that it is allotting P558 million this year for its meter management program, which aims to reduce water loss and billing errors caused by old, inaccurate water meters.
Since 2012 when the program was launched, the company has started replacing small meters manufactured from the year 2005 and earlier. The project seeks to replace an average of 150,000 meters every year.
As of March 2016, Maynilad said it has recovered 28 million liters per day through its meter replacement program.
“Water meters only have an optimum life span of about seven years. Given this, the timely replacement of water meters is essential so our customers can be assured that Maynilad records and bills their consumption accurately,” Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez said in a statement.
According to Maynilad, about P428 million will be used for the replacement of some 135,000 old water meters of residential accounts across the West concession area, while P40 million has been earmarked for the upgrade of some mechanical meters to electromagnetic meters, which allows for automatic meter reading.
The remaining P90 million will be used for the assessment and maintenance of water meters in primary distribution lines, as well as the installation of new meters for recently connected accounts.
Maynilad’s meter replacement program is intended to improve billing accuracy and reduce meter malfunctions which contribute to commercial losses, which it defines as the volume of water lost due to theft and inaccuracies in metering and data handling.
The company estimates that commercial losses account for 24 percent of its non-revenue water (water losses).
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area plus the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.