West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) improved its capacity to draw water from the rivers within the province of Cavite and nearby areas, with the completion of the installation of its P68.6-million Julian Modular Treatment Plant (MTP).
The Julian MTP is one of the four treatment plants Maynilad is constructing in Cavite to help improve service levels in the area by producing additional water supply drawn from nearby rivers.
Located inside Maynilad’s Patindig Araw Pumping Station in Imus City, the Julian MTP can produce four million liters of water per day (MLD).
Maynilad said that once it becomes operational by yearend, the Julian MTP will help improve water availability and pressure for about 19,000 Maynilad customers in Cavite.
Last May, Maynilad announced it was preparing for the construction of its new P10-billion water treatment plant in Muntinlupa. However, the company had to push the target completion date for the project to the latter part of 2023 due to pandemic-triggered delays.
At the time, the water company said it has already commenced the laying of a primary pipeline along Umali Street in Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City, in preparation for the construction of a new water treatment plant that will draw water from Laguna Lake.
This 1,800mm-diameter pipeline will convey water to be produced in the soon-to-rise Poblacion Water Treatment Plant.
The P10-billion treatment plant is part of Maynilad’s medium-term plan to produce additional supply so it can meet the growing water demand in Metro Manila and nearby areas and ease over-reliance on Angat Dam.
Angat Dam is currently the only major water supply source for Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Poblacion plant is going to be Maynilad’s third such facility to be built in the area since it began tapping and treating water from the Laguna Lake– the largest lake in the Philippines – in 2010.
Designed to produce 150 MLD of potable water, Maynilad’s new treatment facility will primarily serve Cavite areas too, and also other areas south of the West Zone concession.
It was originally set for completion in 2022 but quarantine restrictions affecting the mobility of workers have forced Maynilad to push back its target completion date to the latter part of 2023, the company said.
Once the Poblacion facility is completed, Maynilad will have a total of five water treatment plants catering to the West Zone.