Maynilad fast-tracks completion of P7.9 billion La Mesa plant upgrade

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2020 11:31 AM

Over 400 workers deployed to fast-track upgrades at the La Mesa Treatment Plants 1 and 2 after coronavirus quarantines eased. Handout

MANILA - Maynilad Water Services Inc said Tuesday it deployed over 400 workers at the La Mesa Treatment Plants (LMTP) 1 and 2 to fast-track the completion of the facilities' P7.9 billion upgrade.

Upgrade works include increasing the facilities' capacity to treat higher raw water turbidity, retrofitting to improve earthquake resiliency and automation, the West Zone concessionaire said in a statement.

The LMTP 1 and 2 produce 2,400 million liters of water per day, and serves around 90 percent of Maynilad’s 9.7 million 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 COO Randolph T. Estrellado.

Maynilad's roadmap to ensure water security also includes construction of new treatment facilities, pumping stations and reservoirs, among others. 

Metro Manila water utility concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water in 2019 imposed rotational supply during a water shortage that affected thousands of households.

Experts and authorities have said low supply and high-demand as well as the delay in water infrastructure projects contributed to the crisis.