Villar joins Bulacan water auction

Prime Water Infrastructure Corp., a unit of the Villar Group, is teaming up with Biwater International Ltd., a big water and wastewater company headquartered in United Kingdom, to bid for the P24.4-billion Bulacan bulk water project.

Former senator Manuel Villar, chairman of Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., said Prime Water, Biwater and a third company would form a consortium to bid for the Bulacan bulk water project scheduled for auction later this year.

Villar said getting a formidable foreign partner signified the company’s seriousness in bidding for the project.

“We are very serious with Bulacan water project because we have been in water business for a long time now,” Villar said.

Prime Water has over 30 years in experience in operating and maintaining water distribution systems throughout the country. It is directly involved in providing water to more than 150,000 households across the Philippines. The company produces over 170 million liters of treated water daily, supplied by more than 250 deep wells and surface water resources.

Its water projects include a 25-year joint venture agreement with Lingayen Water District in Pangasinan and a 25-year partnership with the municipality of Daraga to deliver bulk water.

Biwater, meanwhile, has expertise in several water services, including design, build, operate and maintain companies, supplies, effluent treatment and desalination plants.

The Biwater Group has carried out over 25,000 projects globally and its operations span over 90 countries.

Some 15 prospective bidders, including Prime Water, earlier bought pre-qualification documents from Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.

They include Manila Water Co. Inc., Marubeni Corp. of Japan, Filinvest Development Corp., Abengoa of Spain, Megawide Construction Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., First Balfour Inc., Maynilad Water Services Inc., Korea Water Resources Corp., Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Datem Water Inc., Sojitz Corp., New San Jose Builders Inc. and Acciona Agua of Spain.

Interested bidders will have until Sept. 19 to submit their bid documents.

The P24.4-billion bulk water project aims to address the supply requirements of municipalities in Bulacan. The project will reduce groundwater extraction and use of deep wells in the province, which are currently being discouraged due to their adverse environmental impact.

The project involves the construction of treated water transmission mains,  treatment plants and ancilliary facilities, treated water reservoirs and pumping stations, and installation of flow metering devices from water treatment plants, pumping stations and transmission branch points. 

Bulacan municipalities that will benefit from the project include Marilao, Balagtas, Obando, Meycauayan, San Jose and Bocaue.

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