West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is intensifying efforts to mitigate the effects of the reduced raw water allocation from Angat Dam in preparation for summer 2020. These mitigating measures include the optimization of its two water treatment facilities in Muntinlupa that now produce 300 million liters per day of water drawn from Laguna Lake, reactivation of several deep wells, continued reduction of water losses through sustained pipe replacement and repair activities, cloud-seeding operations, and deployment of modular water treatment plants that will draw water from small rivers in Cavite.
The above measures will enable Maynilad to get additional water supply for distribution, thus easing the current deficit from Angat Dam. “We expect water consumption to increase this summer, so we have laid out this mitigation plan since last year so we can cushion the impact of the reduced raw water allocation on our customers,” said Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph T. Estrellado. The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has opted to maintain reduced raw water allocation for Metro Manila and nearby provinces in an effort to preserve the remaining supply in Angat Dam.
Current allocation is at 42 cubic meters per second (CMS) versus the normal 48 CMS. 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.