West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. said it will complete 1.78 kilometers of new sewer lines along two esteros in Manila by the first quarter of 2021 as part of its ongoing Adopt an Estero program.
The project, which is part of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, involves the laying of new sewer lines along five creeks to catch wastewater flow from Maynilad customers who could not be served by individual sewer connections.
Since the program started in November 2018, 745 meters of interceptor pipes along Estero dela Reina and Estero San Antonio Abad has been installed by Maynilad, benefitting over 19,400 residents in the areas.
“Facilitating this project has been a challenge given quarantine restrictions. Nonetheless, we continue to pursue our estero rehabilitation efforts because it will help to reduce pollution loading in Manila Bay… As long as solid waste can be managed well at the household level, it will not pollute these same esteros that we are trying to clean. That will ensure that our investment in new sewer lines will not go to waste,” said Randolph Estrellado, Maynilad chief operating officer.