In preparation for the long dry season, Maynilad is undertaking a massive leak repair program to lessen the effects of reduced rainfall on Metro Manila’s water supply.
Maynilad earlier received a memorandum from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directing the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement a 60-day suspension of all regulations, ordinances, or other issuances that would restrict or prohibit the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires from conducting leak repairs.
With this directive, the water concessionaire can undertake a massive leak repair program to avert water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas. Maynilad is prepared to spend around P314 million on the said program which will address not only the simple vertical leaks (those involving customer meter assemblies) but also the leaks found along the company’s primary lines.
At the start of this year, Maynilad tallied a total of 2,965 leaks to be repaired, while receiving an average of 105 leak reports per day. The water company has a team of leak detection engineers and 30 contractors that will address water leaks in the West Zone.
After completion, the repair works are estimated to save as much as 40 million liters of water per day.
Maynilad’s concession area covers the cities of Manila (all but portions of San Andres & Sta Ana), Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, EDSA, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit & Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Hi-way), Caloocan, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; Cavite City, and the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.
To report pipe leaks and illegal connections in these areas, the public may call Maynilad Hotline 1626. The number is available 24/7.