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Manila Water building P2.7B water treatment plant

Manila Water is building a P2.7-billion water treatment plant that will draw water from the eastern part of Laguna Lake to fulfill its commitment of providing quality water service to the underserved areas in its franchise area.

In a statement on Friday, Manila Water said it was constructing the East Bay Water Treatment Plant (WTP), which is part of the company’s East Bay Water Supply System Project that seeks to expand its services to more towns in Rizal Province.

“Components of the P2.7-billion WTP project include an eight-million-liter capacity reservoir, an intake structure, pumping station, and water treatment plant using dissolved air flotation (DAF) system, multi-media and granular activated carbon (GAC) filters as well as reverse osmosis system,” said Manila Water senior project manager Byder Nangit.

According to Manila Water, construction of the East Bay WTP is expected to be completed by April 2023, which will be followed by testing and process proving.

Once operational, the plant is expected to provide 50 million liters per day of treated water to a population of 390,000 in the towns of Jalajala, Pililla, Baras, Cardona, Morong, and Binangonan in Rizal Province.

To complement the WTP, Manila Water said two submarine pipelaying projects are also currently being implemented. 

One pipe system connecting Morong to Cardona is 50% complete, while another pipe system connecting Pililla to Morong has already begun construction, the company said.

The submarine transmission lines will convey treated water from the water treatment plant to the distribution system to safely reach customers once the facilities begin operations, Manila Water said.

Manila Water provides water and wastewater services to residents of the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Marikina; and municipality of Pateros. It is also in charge of the southeastern parts of Quezon City, and Sta. Ana and San Andres in the City of Manila.

It also serves San Mateo, Rodriguez, Cainta, Taytay, Teresa, Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Jalajala, Cardona, Morong, Pilillia, and Tanay, as well as Antipolo City, in Rizal. —VBL, GMA News