By Jimmyley I. Guzman
QUEZON CITY, Aug 5 (PIA) For decades, the residents of Las Pinas had been using deep well water, until Maynilad extended its services in this southern city off Manila last year.
Recently, Maynilad had completed its pipe-laying projects in the city, benefiting almost all residents of Las Pinas City of its improved services.
“Our aggressive infrastructure projects in the south district of Metro Manila is part of our commitment to provide more people with access to safe and reliable surface water, so they don’t have to use deep wells or buy expensive water from vendors,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
According to Maynilad, the project, worth P344 million, involved the laying of over 61 kilometers of primary, secondary and tertiary lines along Marcos Alvarez from the Alabang-Zapote Road to Topaz St., including adjacent areas.
The said project will also connect 11,200 new accounts to Maynilad’s water distribution network. .
Meanwhile, Maynilad is currently constructing the Marcos Alvarez booster pump station. Once completed, the P73.6-million facility will connect an additional 49,000 accounts from Cavite.
Likewise, the booster pump station will improve water pressure to existing customers from 4–16 psi (pounds per square inch) to 16–20 psi. It takes about 7 psi for water to reach the second floor of a building.
For 2012, Maynilad earmarked P3.08 billion to improve and expand its water services in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Cavite.
Maynilad, a concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) currently serves customers in the West zone of the Greater Manila Area to include Manila (except San Andres and Sta. Ana), Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, EDSA, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit & Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Hi-way), Caloocan, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon, and also some areas in the province of Cavite: Cavite City, Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario. (Maynilad/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)