Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) entered into a Twinning Partnership with the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD). Under this partnership, Maynilad will share its technical expertise on managing water losses and operating water treatment plants, with the aim of helping MIWD develop a strategy and work plan to improve its operations.
In its initial assessment, Maynilad found that MIWD is losing almost half, or 49%, of the water it produces in its distribution line. MIWD serves more than 31,000 accounts in the city of Iloilo and the towns of Oton, Pavia, Santa Barbara, Cabatuan, Maasin, and San Miguel.
“We hope that by sharing our experience and expertise with MIWD, they too will be able to improve their operations for the benefit of their customers. This is in support of the progressive development of the province of Iloilo,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
In 2007, when Metro Pacific and DMCI first took over Maynilad, almost 2/3 or 67% of the water it produced was lost due to leakages and theft. Vargas said this figure has been successfully brought down to only 33% as of March 2015.
Maynilad 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 areas), Quezon City (certain areas), Makati (certain areas), 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.