Maynilad Water Services Inc. reported on Tuesday that it had opened a water laboratory that monitors and tests the quality of the water and wastewater within its coverage area.
According to the West Zone concessionaire, the P70-million facility in Quezon City’s La Mesa Compound houses state-of-the-art analytical instruments used for studying compounds in water samples drawn from more than 1,100 sampling points across its coverage area.
This is to ensure that the water it supplies complies with the Department of Health’s Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water, it said.
The laboratory also tests effluents of Maynilad’s wastewater treatment facilities to meet the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Ambient Water and General Effluent Standards of 2016.
It is equipped with unique instruments that allow Maynilad’s chemists to monitor and measure organic compounds and other byproducts that may be present in bodies of water.
“Having the water lab saved us money on water-quality analyses, and also strengthened the internal capability of Maynilad to conduct water testing and treatment,” Maynilad President and Chief Executive Officer Ramoncito Fernandez said in a statement.
“This is important because we want to assure our customers that the water and wastewater produced by our treatment facilities pass the government’s strict standards,” he added.
The laboratory has been certified for quality, environment, safety and health, as well as in the Business Continuity Management System. It has been also licensed by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to buy, possess and handle regulated chemicals.
Majority-owned by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. of businessman Manuel Pangilinan, Maynilad services parts of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Makati; the cities of Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon in Metro Manila; and the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario in Cavite province.