Manila Water steps up maintenance amid high demand

To keep up with the rising demand, east zone concessionaire Manila Water Co. Inc. has intensified its maintenance and service measures in Metro Manila and Rizal.

In a statement on Monday, May 13, Manila Water said that it has improved its system checks to its 40 reservoirs and 72 pumping stations within the eastern Metro Manila. 

This would ensure continued service to the company’s 7.6 million customers.

Jeric Sevilla, Manila Water communications affairs director said that these measures would lessen downtimes to avoid inconvenience to the public, but also warns of potential emergency or unforeseen waterline repairs.

“Scheduled maintenance works are done in the off-peak hours and with ample notices to communities to lessen the impact on our customers’ daily activities,” he said.

“We also ask our customers to be partners in protecting our water supply by practicing responsible use of water and reporting street leaks to us. While the current level of our non-revenue water (NRW) is already one of the lowest in Asia at below 15%, this will help us keep our system losses in check,” Sevilla added.

Recently, the company announced that their P45 million Darangan Pipe Bridge is set to finish this month, improving water access to 20,000 households in Rizal and Pasig.

Meanwhile, the P1.4 billion Cayetano pumping station and reservoir in Taguig City which began construction this year is set to be operational by next year. Once complete, the water infrastructure would help supply water to 1.6 million customers in Pasig, Pateros, and Taguig.

“These water facility and network refinement activities, coupled with various water supply augmentation projects, are part of the company’s big push for water security in its concession area especially with the current El Nino being experienced in Metro Manila and other provinces,” Manila Water said.