Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is spending some P133 million to lay more than 6 kilometers of pipes along Molino III Road, from Avenida Rizal St. to Meadowpark Subdivision in Bacoor City, Cavite.
Once completed by the first quarter of 2015, the project is projected to connect some 3,000 households to Maynilad’s distribution network. It will also improve the water pressure of almost 500 households from 7 pounds per square inch (psi) to 16 psi. It takes 7 psi to reach the second floor of a building.
The project, which is part of the company’s South Expansion Program, is expected to benefit households and establishments in Wood State Village, Molino Homes 1 and Kaunlaran, Subdivision, Kaunlaran Village Westside, Camella Homes Westside, City Homes Westside, Max Village Westside, Likha Village Westside, Meadows Park Westside, Elisa Homes Eastside and the University of Perpetual Help–Molino Campus.
To lessen inconvenience for motorists, Maynilad is closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the local government units of Bacoor City for the traffic re-routing schemes. All work sites will be fully enclosed by board-up barricades, with appropriate lighting and traffic/warning signs, to help ensure public safety. Moreover, affected roads will be immediately restored with temporary asphalt pavement to make the roads passable.
“By July this year, we have almost tripled the number of water service connections in Cavite from the time we took over the operations of Maynilad. We have come a long way in bringing our services to the province, but there is still much that needs to be done. We are not letting up in our efforts to lay the infrastructure that will bring potable water to these areas,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
Maynilad has increased its customer base in Cavite by 35% from 62,167 water service connections in July 2013 to 84,177 connections by July 2014. This number is almost triple the number of customers (28,581) in its service area in the province before water services in the West Zone was reprivatized in 2007.
Prior to Maynilad’s entry in Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite City, residents in these areas were heavily dependent on individual shallow wells and unsafe, expensive water deliveries from private deep well operators.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the concessionaire of the MWSS for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), 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 Cavite Province.