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(Metro News) Maynilad rushing up leak repairs to counter El Nino impact

MANILA, Feb. 27 –- Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI), the water concessionaire for Metro Manila’s west zone, said on Saturday it is rushing up leak repairs to prevent water wastage and counter the effects of the El Niño phenomenon in the metropolis.

MWSI president Rogelio Singson told the Philippines News Agency in a telephone interview that they are spending P314 million to repair the water agency's leaking pipes.

According to Singson, the repairs are aimed at lessening the effects of the dry spell on Metro Manila’s water supply.

Singson said that to address the tight water supply situation, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), among other agencies, to suspend for 60 days all restrictions on leak repairs.

“With this directive, the water concessionaire can undertake a massive leak repair program to avert water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas,” Singson said.

“We have identified 6,000 to 9,000 sites within its concession area that required repairs. These are mostly in pump-fed areas like Barangay Commonwealth in Novaliches and other areas in Quezon City, Parañaque City, and portions of Caloocan City,” Singson said.

Singson said MWSI earlier received a memorandum from the Office of the President directing the DPWH, the MMDA, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to implement a 60-day suspension of all restrictions on the conduct of leak repairs by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its concessionaires.

Singson said with this directive, the water concessionaire can undertake a massive leak repair program to avert water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

At the start of this year, Maynilad tallied a total of 2,965 leaks to be repaired, while receiving an average of 105 leak reports per day.

The water company has a team of leak detection engineers and 30 contractors that will address water leaks in the West Zone. (PNA) scs/JCA

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