ADB provides $123.3m loan to build new water tunnel in Philippines

WCN Editorial Team 23 Mar 2016 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $123.3m loan to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) of Manila to build a new water tunnel in Manila, Philippines.

The proposed tunnel will stretch over 6km in length, with an internal span of about 4m. It will be an intake structure at the Ipo reservoir, and a new transition basin at Bigte, with connecting infrastructure.

The project will implement structural measures to minimise impact of earthquakes and other hazards, and environmental degradation.

ADB Southeast Asia Department senior urban development specialist Paul van Klaveren said: "The Angat transmission system provides more than 95% of Manila's water but its existing tunnels are up to 75 years old and in poor condition, leaving the metropolitan area highly vulnerable to serious supply disruptions.

“This assistance will allow the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System to build a fourth tunnel, clearing the way for it to upgrade and modernize its other existing tunnels and aqueducts to maximize and strengthen supplies.”

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