Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is upgrading its Dagat-dagatan Sewage and Septage Treatment Plant (DDSSTP), which will enhance the facility’s operational efficiency in treating the wastewater generated by some 16,000 customers in Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas, as well as the septage generated by more than 4 million customers in the northern part of the West concession.
The P70-million rehabilitation project involves the refurbishment of laboratory facilities, renovation of the existing power house and hazardous waste storage facility, and rehabilitation of the building and offices at the facility, among other activities.
Targeted for completion in February 2019, the rehabilitation project will enhance the DDSSTP’s daily operations, thus sustaining its role in protecting the environment and community health through proper wastewater and septage management in the area.
“Part of our long-term plan is to construct the largest Sewage Treatment Plant in the West Zone within our Dagat-dagatan facility, which will produce effluent that complies with the stricter quality standards of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Ultimately, this will help to reduce pollution loading in waterways that empty out to Manila Bay,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
Maynilad’s wastewater infrastructure network currently includes 17 sewage treatment plants, two sewage and septage treatment plants, one septage treatment plant, 42 pumping stations, 21 lift stations, and more than 500 kilometers of sewer lines.
DDSSTP is the first facility of its kind in the Asia-Pacific Region to attain triple international standard accreditations on Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2000) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2004) in January 2007, and Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OHSAS 18001:2007) and has consistently maintained its Integrated Management Systems certification.
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.