Maynilad Water Services Inc., which holds the water concession in the western part of Metro Manila, will build four new sewage treatment plants in the next five years.
Maynilad said it would spend P21.1 billion to establish STPs in Kawit, Las Piñas, Caloocan and Muntinlupa, as well as install 160 kilometers of sewer lines for the conveyance systems.
Maynilad said once completed, the facilities will have a combined treatment capacity of about 120 million cubic meters per year and serve 2.1 million customers.
The new infrastructure is part of Maynilad’s â‚±30.6-billion wastewater management program from 2018 to 2022.
Maynilad said part of the â‚±30.6-billion wastewater management program budget would also be used for the upgrade of treatment technologies used in existing STPs to make them compliant with the new effluent standards imposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Meanwhile, about â‚±318 million of the programmed budget is intended for the procurement of 56 new vacuum truck units that can offer septic tank cleaning services to more customers.
The rest of the budget will go to sewer network repair and rehabilitation, lot acquisitions, and retrofitting of wastewater facilities.
Maynilad’s five-year wastewater management program, which will be funded by loans from local and international banks and by internally generated funds, is expected to generate about 93,500 jobs.
“The construction of these new wastewater facilities is part of our effort to comply with the Supreme Court mandamus to help improve water quality in Manila Bay. It is our sincere hope that other Manila Bay stakeholders will likewise do their part so we can gain significant ground in this endeavor,” said Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez.
Maynilad’s current wastewater infrastructure is comprised of 20 STPs, three septage treatment plants, 41 sewage pumping stations, 22 lift stations and over 500 kilometers of sewer lines.