Duterte urged to sign water security roadmap
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo Velasco said he will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the issuance of an Executive Order that will require the implementation of a water security roadmap.
Velasco said that right now, he has already ordered to fast-track the creation of water security roadmap, which will be applied to the water distribution system of Metro Manila and nearby areas.
“With the concurrence of the MWSS Board, the water agency has already crafted a short, medium and long water security roadmap that will provide potable and sustainable water supply in the next five, 10 and even 50 years with at an increase of at least 1,518 MLD [million liters of water per day] by 2022,” MWSS said in a statement.
Right now, projects that are being fast-tracked under the new water security roadmap are the following: 150 MLD Putatan (2019); 100 MLD Cardona (2019); 188 MLD Sumag (2020); 50 MLD Rizal Wellfield (2020); 80 MLD Calawis Wawa (2021); 100 MLD Putatan 3 (2022); and 250 MLD Lower Ipo.
Velasco said that to complement the New Water Security Roadmap (2019 to 2022), there is also the urgent need to fast track the completion of Aqueduct 6 and Tunnel 4, which will help supply more water coming from Angat Dam to concessionaires. The two projects are expected to be operational by January 2020.