Maynilad breaks ground on $207m sewage treatment plant in Philippines

WCN Editorial Team 12 Nov 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Philippine water and wastewater services provider Maynilad Water Services has broken ground on PHP10.5bn ($207m) CAMANA (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas) water reclamation facility in Caloocan City.

The new sewage treatment plant (STP) is being constructed on 16 hectares along Dagat-dagatan Avenue Extension in Barangay Maypajo, Caloocan City.

CAMANA facility is expected to help clean the waterways flowing to Manila Bay, treat the wastewater generated by 1.2 million Maynilad customers and also improve sanitation conditions in South Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas.

Upon completion, the new plant will have the capacity to treat 205 million litres of wastewater every day.

Maynilad said that it will lay about 85km of accompanying sewer lines to collect wastewater from households and establishments in South Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas and transfer it to the new facility.

Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez said: “The completion of our CAMANA treatment facility will increase Maynilad’s sewerage coverage to 47%, up from only 6% in 2006 before Maynilad was reprivatized.

“As in previous implementations of our wastewater projects, we ask for the support of the local government units and communities so that we can facilitate completion and mitigate the impact on traffic of our activities.”

Maynilad said that the CAMANA facility will use Modified Ludzack Ettinger (MLE)-Conventional Activated Sludge technology to eliminate pollutants from wastewater before it is released into the Maypajo Creek, from where it flows into Manila Bay.

The company said that the new facility is part of its PHP200bn ($3.93bn) wastewater investment plan from 2019 to 2037 that includes construction of 26 new STPs and the installation of about 425km of new sewer lines.

Along with the new facility in Caloocan, Maynilad is also constructing STPs in Valenzuela, Las Piñas City, and Tunasan and Cupang in Muntinlupa.

Maynilad, a private water concessionaire in the Philippines, operates and maintains 22 wastewater facilities with a combined treatment capacity of 663,000m³ of wastewater every day.


Image: Maynilad to build $207m sewage treatment plant in the Philippines. Photo: courtesy of Hermann Hammer from Pixabay.

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