West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) recently held a series of river clean-up drives in Muntinlupa City to help improve the quality of water in tributaries that flow into Laguna Lake—the company’s raw water source for the supply needs of some 2 million consumers in the southern part of its concession.
More than 320 sacks or 2,584 kilograms of solid waste were collected by “estero rangers” during the 14-day clean-up drive along the Magdaong and Alabang-Bayanan rivers. The activity—done in partnership with the Muntinlupa Lake Management Office—also enabled Maynilad to clear out clogs in waterways that cause flooding in the area during the rainy season.
“These river clean-up drives are among the interventions we are taking to help reduce pollution load into Laguna Lake, which is being used as a source for drinking water and should therefore be protected. We call on other stakeholders to also partner with us in this environmental conservation initiative,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
The water company is also donating solar paddle wheels and a water quality analyzer equipment to Muntinlupa City to help mitigate algal bloom episodes in Laguna Lake. These initiatives complement Maynilad’s ongoing effort to create water-secure and sustainable communities, of which having healthy waterways is a vital component.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the concessionaire 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.