Maynilad announces strategy to augment summer water supply

Are you having any problems with your water supply from Maynilad? The water concessionaire announced new moves to augment water supply for the summer season, according to a BusinessWorld news article.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the BusinessWorld news article. Some parts in boldface…

MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. has started to implement supply augmentation measures to meet the expected surge in demand this summer, a company official said.

The water level at Angat Dam is still at a healthy level but given the expected El Niño by the latter half of 2023, Maynilad is concerned that there will be less rainfall to replenish the Angat and Ipo dams,” Maynilad Spokesperson Jennifer C. Rufo told BusinessWorld in a Viber message on Sunday.

Maynilad’s supply augmentation measures include the reactivation of deep wells and the commissioning of modular treatment plants. But these measures are only expected to mitigate the impact of a supply shortage if the dams’ water level continues to decline.

The latest available data from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) showed that Angat dam is currently at 204.96 meters, higher than the normal operating level of 192 meters, but lower than 212 meters, which is considered the ideal level to provide an adequate safety margin for supply during dry months.

Angat Dam is the main source of water for Metro Manila, accounting for about 90% of the capital’s potable water.

The west-zone water concessionaire said that it is building a new treatment plant that would bring additional supply starting this year, addressing the possible water supply deficit as population growth continues amid a lack of new water sources.

Maynilad is now building a new water treatment plant in Muntinlupa, which will yield an additional supply of 150 million liters per day (MLD),” Ms. Rufo said, adding that the facility will produce an initial 50 MLD by year-end. She was referring to the Poblacion water treatment plant in Muntinlupa City.

For the next five years, we plan to build five new water treatment plants, including some that will source raw water from our sewage treatment plants,” she said.

Ms. Rufo said these new water treatment plants will source supply either from new water or used water that will be treated and made potable again. Maynilad is also planning to source raw water from Kaliwa Dam, which is currently being facilitated by the MWSS.

As of February, MWSS said that the construction of Kaliwa Dam, a crucial dam project that will augment water supply in Metro Manila, is 22% complete. The dam is expected to be completed by the end of 2026, with water supply expected starting in 2027.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What is your reaction to this recent development? Do you think Maynilad’s moves will improve the situation this summer season?

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