West zone Maynilad Water Services Inc. said Monday it had recently connected Purok Biyaya in Barangay 167, Caloocan City, to its water network, giving some 141 urban poor families access to safe and affordable water.
For almost 24 years, Purok Biyaya residents relied on expensive deliveries of deep-well water from private water truck operators since the issues of land ownership and right-of-way clearance prevented Maynilad from connecting their community to its network.
The families in Purok Biyaya typically consumed around 48 drums per month or 10 cubic meters, tantamount to an expenditure of P1,920 a month just to have water for their household needs.
Now that they have a Maynilad connection, their monthly spending for potable water has dropped to only P130 for the same volume of water.
The residents of Purok Biyaya thanked Maynilad for the huge blessing to their community.
The water firm continuously seeks to extend services to urban poor households within its concession area.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy safe water supply at affordable rates. This is why we strive to connect these poor communities which, ironically, are spending more for water than those in affluent areas,” Maynilad president and chief executive Ramoncito Fernandez said.