West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) through the Maynilad Water Academy, in partnership with the Philippines Water Revolving Fund (PWRF) and the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), conducted a three-day workshop for representatives of local water districts to share its experiences and expertise in the field of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Management.
After launching one of the largest and most ambitious NRW reduction programs in Asia, Maynilad successfully brought down its NRW level to 40.9% by the end of December 2012 from 66% in 2006. It has since resulted in the recovery of over 600 million liters of water per day, as well as the repair of more than156,000 pipe leaks.
Among the workshop speakers are Maynilad employees who shared their NRW reduction experience of the past six years. Topics discussed include basic hydraulics, use of technology for NRW, pressure management, NRW assessment, physical and commercial losses, and the establishment of district metered areas.
“We hope to share the expertise we developed through workshops such as this so that more water operators can benefit from our tried-and-tested methods of water management,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
PWRF is the only water revolving fund outside the United States and Europe. It leverages overseas development assistance with local private funds using a co-financing arrangement between the Philippine government and private banks.
PAWD is the umbrella organization of all duly organized water districts in the Philippines.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is a concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (all but portions of San Andres & 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 & Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in the Cavite Province.