West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services has reduced water supply lost to leaking old pipes and illegal connections from 67 percent in 2007 to 43 percent as of June this year.
“We have spent P10.4 billion so far to reduce the so-called non-revenue water (NRW) and allowed us as a result to recover an average of 551 million liters per day (MLD) which we now pipe to 374,980 new consumers. In effect, this program gave us more water to serve more customers,” said Ricky Vargas, Maynilad president.
Maynilad now has a total of more than one million consumers, up from only 667,000 in December 2006.
Vargas said Maynilad will continue to focus on this NRW issue to keep reducing water that is lost and wasted.
“When you see us digging up roads, we are laying new pipes to reach heretofore unserved consumers and/or replacing old pipes. Either way, we are doing this to allow everybody the convenience of potable water suppy throughout the day now and decades into the future,” he said.
Vargas said Maynilad is now pushing farther into the South, particularly Cavite, while it continues to further connect consumers within its area in Metro Manila.
“We are doing all these at the same time. They require a lot of funds and we have been using our own money, borrowed funds, and collections from connected consumers to continue our expansion and rehabilitation programs. So far, we are ahead of our targets. We are actually supplying to more consumers than projected,” he said.
Maynilad’s West Zone covers most parts of Manila, Quezon City, and Makati; the whole of Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon; and the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.