Maynilad to rehabilitate 5 Manila esteros for ₱1 B
By Madelaine B. Miraflor
West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) will rehabilitate five esteros in Manila over a period of three years, a move that will require the company to invest more than ₱1 billion.
Maynilad’s “Adopt an Estero” initiative covers Estero dela Reina, Estero de Sunog Apog, Estero de Magdalena, Estero de Concordia, and Estero de San Antonio Abad.
It involves the laying of around 10 kilometers of sewer lines to catch wastewater flow from Maynilad customers along the creeks who could not be served by individual sewer connections. The collected wastewater will then be diverted to the nearest sewer network of Maynilad.
The project is expected to benefit some 62,000 people.
“Even as we install the sewer lines that will prevent wastewater from flowing directly to esteros, we seek the help of all local government units to ensure that solid waste does not pollute these same esteros that we are trying to clean,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.
“This would render our investment in the wastewater infrastructure useless,” he added.
Since Maynilad launched its estero rehab initiative in November 2018, it has completed the installation of 323 meters of interceptor pipes along Estero dela Reina, which already benefits over 5,300 residents in the area.
This initiative is part of Maynilad’s comprehensive plan to help clean up the Manila Bay and all the tributaries feeding to it.