Once completed by the end of June, the pipe replacement project will increase water pressure from the current 10 pounds per square inch (psi) to 16 psi.
Replacing the 30-year-old pipes will also enable Maynilad to reduce its system losses in the area, and recover some 4 million liters of water (MLD) of potable water, which is enough to supply the daily requirement of some 4,000 households.
“We are fast-tracking our water recovery efforts in preparation for El Nino. By cutting our system losses, we can protect the water supply of our customers,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
This year, Maynilad earmarked P2.2 billion for its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Management Program. Maynilad was able to slash its NRW level to 35% by the end of March 2014. When water elevation in Angat dam dipped to an all-time low in 2010, Maynilad’s NRW was at 53% which resulted in supply interruptions in various parts of the West Zone.
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.