MAYNILAD said that it will spend P16.5 billion for its non-revenue water (NRW) management program until 2027 in a bid to reduce losses.
The West Zone concessionaire said that P10 billion will be earmarked for the pipe replacement projects. It has identified areas of concern, which include Manila, Quezon City and Caloocan where pipelines are mostly old.
It added that P5.8 billion was allotted for water loss reduction initiatives, which will entail the establishment of smaller District Metered Areas, leak repairs, and diagnostics.
The rest of the budget will be used for leak detection equipment and technical services.
Earlier, Maynilad reduced the total NRW level from 68 percent in 2006 to 43 percent in 2022.
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This recovered around 413 million liters per day.
It replaced 3,083 kilometers of old pipelines and repaired almost 460,000 pipe leaks over a 16-year period.
Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph Estrellado said that the resources will be dedicated to reducing losses that will speed up the water volume recovery for El Niño.
“We hope that we continue to get the support of the relevant government agencies and local government units in facilitating the release of permits and other requirements needed for our NRW projects,” Estrellado said.
Maynilad aims to reach the recommended NRW level of less than 25 percent of the total water produced in 2027.