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Maynilad to reduce water losses by 163 million liters per day

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is eyeing to cut its water losses by 162 million liters per day (MLD) this year.

In a statement, Maynilad said the 162 MLD volume recovery—equivalent to filling up 73 Olympic-size swimming pools daily—is enough to supply the water needs of some 162,000 people.

The water company said it aims to recover this water volume by repairing 36,000 pipe leaks across its service area and replacing 180 kilometers of old pipes in parts of Caloocan, Quezon City, Valenzuela City, Malabon, Manila, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa; and Imus and Kawit in Cavite province.

“These network upgrades are necessary so we can continue to reduce water losses and increase water pressure in the distribution system, thus increasing available supply for distribution to our customers,” said Maynilad chief operations officer Randolph Estrellado.

This year, Maynilad said it allotted P4 billion for its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) management program, which aims to curb physical and commercial water losses.

The program involves pipe and meter replacements, active leakage control using state-of-the-art leak detection technology, District Metered Areas establishment and maintenance, and sustained network diagnostic activities, the company said.

Since its re-privatization in 2007, Maynilad said it has repaired 458,000 pipe leaks and replaced 3,083 kilometers of old pipelines, enabling it to renew 66% of the pipe network it inherited from the government.

Maynilad is the concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area —composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor, and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta, and Rosario, all in Cavite province. — DVM, GMA Integrated News