West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) expanded its water service connections to 1,336,566, after connecting 26,231 new service accounts during the first half of 2017. These new connections were mostly in Cavite province, Quezon City and Caloocan.
With its increased service connections, Maynilad now provides potable water to some 9.3 million people—an increase of 52% from the 6.1 million customers it served 10 years ago before the company’s re-privatization.
As of the first half of 2017, around 98% percent of Maynilad customers have 24-hour water supply—up from only 32% who enjoyed the same service level in 2006. Moreover, 100% of Maynilad customers receive their water pressure at the average pressure of 7 psi (pounds per square inch), while 70.58% have as much as 16 psi minimum pressure. At 16 psi, water supply can reach the third floor of a building without the aid of a booster pump.
This year, Maynilad has earmarked ₱11.7 billion for capital expenditure projects, of which ₱8.3 billion will be for water infrastructure investments. Of the ₱8.3 billion, about ₱145 million is allotted for the company’s service expansion efforts, which include pipe-laying projects that will connect still-unserved areas to Maynilad’s distribution network.
“Cavite is the farthest point in our concession area. Although it has been a challenge to bring potable water all the way to Cavite, we are committed to pursue our investments so that we can serve all the residents within the West Zone,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor 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 (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.