At least 80 million liters per day (MLD) will be made available to East Zone concessionaires of the Manila Water Corporation (MWC) starting 2021.
This will balloon to to 500 MLD by year 2025, according to MWSS Chairman Franklin J. Demonteverde and MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco.
The MWSS Board of Trustees approved the Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project of Prime Infra, the infrastructure company led by business tycoon Enrique Razon, and Ayala-led Manila Water Company (MWC), during its board meetings last May 9 and 22, 2019.
The Wawa Bulk Supply Project is currently being reviewed by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and the MWSS-Regulatory Office.
The Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project approval came after the resolution of the long-standing legal issues between the MWSS and Prime Infra’s joint venture partner, businessman Oscar Violago’s San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders Group (SLRB), which has prevented for over 10 years the implementation of the bulk water supply project.
Wawa Dam was the first source of potable water eyed for the metropolitan area before Angat Dam became the primary source that supplies 96 percent of water to Metro Manila and adjoining provinces such as Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan.
The project, which is a private off take arrangement between MWC and Wawa JVCO, the joint venture company of Prime Infra and SLRB, culminates over 20 years of development work by SLRB and Prime Infra.
Velasco said the 500 MLD volume of water from the Wawa Bulk Supply Project would boost MWC’s current water production by about 30 percent.
He said the tariff impact would be minimal considering cost-effective system and location of the water supply source within the east zone concession.
Aside from Wawa Dam, the priority water sources projects identified as doable and implementable during Duterte’s administration also include 150 MLD Putatan; 100 MLD Cardona; 188 MLD Sumag River Diversion Program; 80 MLD Calawis; 50 MLD Rizal Wellfield; 250 MLD Lower Ipo-Unutilized water from Angat-Norzagaray Phase 1; 100 MLD Poblacion Muntinlupa Water Treatment Plant 4-Laguna Lake; and, 600 MLD Kaliwa Dam-Quezon Province.
Beyond Duterte’s term, MWSS has identified the following water source projects: 550 MLD Lower Ipo Unutilized water from Angat-Norzagaray Phase 2 ; 420 MLD Wawa Dam; 750 MLD Sierra Madre; 350 MLD Bayabas Dam; 1,800 MLD Kanan River Phase 1; and 250 MLD East Bay Laguna Lake. Also being considered are 2,000 MLD Kanan River Phase 2, and 6,000 MLD Laguna Lake. (PNA)