By Madelaine B.Miraflor
Ayala-led Manila Water Company, Inc. (MWC) has completed the upgrade of its Luzon Treatment Plant, an activity that caused supply disruptions in some parts of Metro Manila.
“We needed to undertake this activity the soonest possible time as this will increase the efficiency and reliability of the Luzon Treatment Plant, which serves over 20,000 households in Quezon City,” Manila Water OIC-Group Director for Corporate Operations Arnold Jether A. Mortera said.
“We also decided to undertake the activity in three phases to avoid prolonged water service interruption for the affected customers,” he added. The facility upgrade activity lasted for three days and involved the transfer of power from generator-sets to inline Meralco power.
Affected customers were advised of possible water service interruption from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day, for three consecutive nights, as the activity entailed shutting down of the facility to allow for the three-step transfer to Meralco power.
Currently, more than 99 percent of Manila Water customers already enjoy 24/7 water supply at 7 pounds per square inch (psi) pressure or reaching only the ground floor.
This, despite the still-limited supply at National Water Regulatory Board (NWRB) has maintained its allocation for domestic use for Metro Manila at 36 cubic meters per second (CMS) from the normal 46 CMS.