Maynilad spends P17.3B to replace 2,600 km. of pipes

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    Plugging leaks. Pipe replacement is essential to prevent further loss of water and avoid water contamination.
    Plugging leaks. Pipe replacement is essential to prevent further loss of water and avoid water contamination.

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. said that it has spent about P17.3 billion to replace almost 2,600 kilometers of old, leaky pipes since the company’s re-privatization in 2007.

    “There is a need to sustain investments in the rehabilitation and replacement of the deteriorated pipes that Maynilad inherited. This is essential to prevent further loss of water, avoid water contamination, and increase water pressure for our customers,” said Ramoncito Fernandez, Maynilad president and chief executive officer.

    Close to 2,600 kilometers (km.) of the pipes replaced by Maynilad represents 64 percent of the water distribution network it inherited in 2007 as the pipe network is the oldest water system in Asia, with some portions dating back to the Spanish era.

    In 2019 alone, Maynilad replaced 314 km. of old pipes in portions of Caloocan, Quezon City, Parañaque, Muntinlupa and Imus in Cavite which involved an investment of P2.4 billion to recover some 35 million liters of water per day, which is enough to supply around 60,000 households.

    The company said its pipe replacement is a component of the Maynilad’s non-revenue water reduction program which also include active leakage control, network diagnostics, meter replacements and district meter area management.