Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is spending more than P37 million to replace almost 6 kilometers of pipes in the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), one of the largest fish ports and fish market complexes in Asia.
The investment is expected to increase water availability for the NFPC from only 4 to 5 hours daily to 24 hours a day once it is completed by the first quarter of 2015. The project is also set to improve water pressure in the complex from 5 pounds per square inch (psi) to 30 psi. It takes about 7 psi for water to reach the second floor of a building.
Water services for more than 200 households along Lapu-lapu Avenue and R10 in Navotas City are also set to benefit from the project.
“It is important to have adequate water in the NFPC especially because it provides a food staple to major markets in Metro Manila,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
To lessen inconvenience for motorists, Maynilad is closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government of Navotas for the traffic management schemes. All worksites will be fully enclosed by board-up barricades, with appropriate lighting and traffic/warning signs, to help ensure public safety.
Maynilad is an 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.