Maynilad water safe to drink - DOH

March 15, 2011

Customers of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) continue to enjoy clean water for drinking as the Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed the safety and potability of the water it distributes.

The latest monthly quality compliance report confirmed that the water Maynilad produces meets the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW), where Maynilad scored a perfect (100%) satisfactory compliance.  This certifies that Maynilad’s water is safe to drink.

Exemplifying its commitment to quality, Maynilad monitors the water it produces in both production and consumer stages.

At Maynilad’s water treatment plants, water is monitored multiple times every day to ensure the standards are met—and this can be further increased when there are extenuating factors (typhoons, etc.).

At the consumer stage, Maynilad monitors whether the water that comes out of the faucet of Maynilad customers remain fit for drinking.  Utilizing more than 800 sampling points (well beyond what is required by PNSDW), water from Maynilad is scrutinized to make sure it passes DOH standards.

Maynilad’s Central Laboratory Head, Teresita Mancera, qualifies that “water coming out of the plant is safe for drinking; it has undergone treatment.  However, contamination may happen in the distribution network when the line is damaged, especially when illegal connections tap into our network.”  This is why, she added, “Customers should be vigilant and report leaks and illegal connections right away. The safety of the water you drink and the health of your family depend on it.”

The quality report is headed by the the Metro Manila Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Committee (MMDWQMC), which is composed of representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), various Local Government Units (LGUs) in the metropolis, the MWSS Regulatory Office, and its two concessionaires.  The health guidelines for the PNSDW are based on World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base.  It is owned and managed by DMCI-MPIC Water Company, Inc. (DMWCI), a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) and DMCI Holdings, Inc. (DMCIHI). The consortium took control of Maynilad on January 24, 2007.

Maynilad serves the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (all but portions of San Andres and Sta. Ana), Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, EDSA, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit and Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon—all in Metro Manila; Cavite City, and the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario—all in Cavite Province.

PHOTO CAPTION: Maynilad customers can enjoy water from their tap as the West zone concessionaire makes sure that their water passes the DOH standard.