Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is spending P 146 million to rehabilitate and upgrade three pumping stations in Manila to ensure water service reliability in the area.
The project involves the refurbishment of several old and defective pumps, which will allow Maynilad to maintain a strong water pressure of 16 psi (pounds per square inch) for more than 53,000 households in Sampaloc, Tondo and Ermita. At 16 psi, water can reach the third story of a home or establishment.
During the rehabilitation of the said facilities, Maynilad will also install Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) on the refurbished pumps. VFDs regulate pump operating speed depending on the customers’ level of water consumption, thus making the pumping stations more energy efficient.
Project completion is set by the end of 2017, at which point all three pumping stations will already be fully automated.
“By implementing these facility enhancements, we are able to meet our customers’ increasing water demand while keeping our energy consumption low,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
Maynilad currently has 28 pumping stations spread throughout its West Concession area. The company is also investing another P 170 million this year to build one more pumping station in Cavite.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the 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 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.