Manila Water Co. Inc., a unit of the Ayala group, is set to build the country’s most extensive sewer network system, which will benefit roughly 500,000 residents in its concession area.
In a statement, Manila Water said that the P1.9-billion Taguig Sewer Network 3 Project will involve the construction of a 12-kilometer sewage line.
Once completed, the project is expected to treat up to 75 million liters of wastewater a day, serving the requirements of close to half a million residents in the cities of Taguig, Makati and nearby areas.
The project has already received the nod of the National Capital Region–Regional Development Council (NCR-RDC).
According to Abelardo Basilio, Manila Water strategic asset management group director, the Taguig Sewer Network is considered a breakthrough in the company’s commitment to expand wastewater service coverage in its East Zone concession area.
“This is also the first time that Manila Water will use a new technology for sewer network—a trenchless methodology in pipelaying to reduce the traffic impact and inconvenience to commuters,” Basilio said.
“Manila Water believes that the project will largely contribute to the improvement of the quality of water bodies in the metropolis as this will help protect the environment by building more wastewater infrastructure to prevent contamination and pollution of the three rivers in its concession area, namely San Juan, Marikina and Pasig River,” he added.
Aside from the sewer project, the water utility of the Ayala group has also lined up the construction of other wastewater treatment facilities to increase the company’s total wastewater treatment capacity to more than 500 million liters a day from the current 135 million liters a day.