San Miguel Corp offers to deliver excess clean water from Bulacan Plant

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2019 08:16 PM

Marikina residents buy large plastic drums along Marcos Highway on March 14, 2019 at Php1,300 each for storing water for their daily needs. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - San Miguel Corp. on Friday said it would seek approval from regulators to deliver excess clean water from its Bulacan Bulk Water Treatment Plant to areas affected by the supply crisis. 

It hoped to deliver 140 million liters per day (mld) of treated water to affected areas through its Bulacan Bulk Water Treatment Plant with the approval of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), SMC said in a statement. 
 
SMC said it had operationalized the stage 1 of its Bulacan Bulk Water Project in January. Once fully operational, it will supply water to 24 Bulacan water districts.

Phase 1 currently has a production capacity of 200 million liters per day but only 60 million mld are being utilized as some water districts are still unprepared to receive water from the facility, SMC said. 

This leaves about 140 mld in excess, which is enough to serve the average daily requirements of 2 million people or 455,000 households, the statement said. 

“This situation is unfortunate and dire for many of our countrymen who do not have access to basic water. Right now, the best thing we can do is to pull together and help each other, ” said SMC president and COO Ramon Ang. 

Ang said SMC would coordinate with Manila Water, the MWSS, and local government units to secure permits to place water refilling stations in affected areas. 

However, setting up these stations will require about 14,000 truck trips per day using 10-kiloliter (kl) tankers or 7,000 trips per day with 20 kl tankers, he said. 
 
“For this, we need to acquire several container trucks to deliver water. Again, we will work and coordinate with the MWSS and LGUs on this. We hope to be able to implement this plan at the soonest possible time,” Ang said. 

If approved, the plan can be implemented for the next 4 months, SMC said. 

Malacañang on Friday ordered the release of water supply from the Angat Dam to alleviate the water crisis gripping parts of Metro Manila.