By Madelaine B. Miraflor
West Zone Maynilad Water Services, Inc. concessionaire (Maynilad) is on track to meet its 26 percent target for sewerage by 2020, thanks to the allocation of appropriate capital expenditures.
At the moment, the company is building additional wastewater treatment plants (STPs) in Pasay, Parañaque, Valenzuela, Cavite City and Tunasan and Cupang in Muntinupa. Once these projects are completed in 2020, Maynilad says it can increase its sewerage coverage in the West Zone to 26 percent.
Maynilad aims for 100% sewerage coverage by the end of its concession period in 2037. At the weekend, the company said it had spent almost P14 billion in capex so far to expand the sewerage coverage in the west zone.
For this year, Maynilad has allocated nearly P 1.7 billion for waste water projects alone.
The total investment, according to the company, went to the construction of 15 new STP & # 39; s, one installation for waste water treatment and septage and one installation for septage treatment, renovation of existing waste water facilities, purchase of new vacuum trucks for cleaning of septic tanks and installation of 27.5 kilometers of new sewer lines, among others.
"When the new Maynilad management took over the West concession for the first time in 2007, the sewerage coverage was only 6 percent and there were only two working STPs in that time," said Antonio Garcia, head of the wastewater management from Maynilad.