The massive upgrade of La Mesa Treatment Plants (LMTP) 1 and 2 in Quezon City amounting to P8 billion has resumed and now nears completion weeks after the Philippine government eased the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila.
In a statement, West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) said it has already deployed over 400 workers at the LMTP to fast-track the completion of the P7.9-billion upgrade.
The upgrade, which started in 2017, is being done in phases so that the facilities can operate without interrupting water services for Maynilad customers.
“Completion of this project is essential to ensuring water service reliability for our customers, given the challenges posed by increasingly variable raw water quality from Angat Dam,” said Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph T. Estrellado.
Right now, the LMTP 1 and 2 produce 2,400 million liters of water per day, and serve around 90 percent of Maynilad’s 9.7 million customers.
The upgrade involves increasing the facilities’ capacity to treat higher raw water turbidity, retrofitting of structures for improved earthquake resiliency, and automating processes.
Maynilad noted that the returning workers passed anti-body screening tests prior to redeployment, and are now required to follow stricter safety protocols versus COVID-19 infection.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.