West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is intent on ensuring supply reliability for the long-term as it allocates P10 billion for the construction of its third water treatment plant that will tap Laguna Lake as source.
The treatment plant will be built in Poblacion, Muntinlupa, and is set to produce 150 million liters per day (MLD) of potable water, which is enough to supply the water needs of some 150,000 households. Once completed in the last quarter of 2022, the facility will bring Maynilad’s total yield from Laguna Lake to 450 MLD.
“We are doing everything we can to meet our service obligations to our customers. So although we have to recast our five-year investment program, we still have to pursue projects essential for meeting the water supply requirements of a growing population,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
“It is a huge risk to rely on just Angat Dam as major source of raw water for Metro Manila, so we are working closely with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System so that the development of another source can be facilitated,” Fernandez added.
Maynilad began tapping Laguna Lake in 2010 as an alternative raw water source so it can reduce dependence on Angat Dam. The company currently has two treatment facilities in the area that have a combined output of 300 MLD. Its new Poblacion Water Treatment Plant will also be equipped with several treatment technologies that effectively convert water from Laguna Lake into potable water, including Dissolved Air Flotation, Biological Activated Filtration, Ultrafiltration, Reverse Osmosis, and Chlorination. Once this facility is completed, Maynilad will have a total of five water treatment plants with a combined production capacity of about 2,850 MLD for its over 9.7 million customers in the West Zone.