The newly-completed Manila Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Cardona, Rizal is now fully operational and is capable of distributing 50 to 56 million liters of water per day (MLD).
This was announced Wednesday by Dittie Galang, Manila Water’s communications planning and tactical development manager, in an e-mail to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Galang said the initial beneficiaries include Manila Water consumers in Binangonan, Angono, Taytay, Baras, and Jalajala in Rizal province.
“Other beneficiary areas in Rizal will soon receive water when the plant progressively increases production in the coming months,” she said.
Galang said this “will help augment the water supply for the East Zone, which has been experiencing an average supply deficit of 150 MLD.”
The Cardona WTP started its operations last March 14 following completion of Phase 1 of the project.
For the past 40 years, Angat Dam has been the sole water source for 96 percent of Metro Manila as well as the neighboring provinces of Rizal and Cavite.
“The Cardona water treatment plant which draws water from the central portion of Laguna Lake, was constructed to augment water supply to Manila Water’s concession area while alternative major water sources are being developed,” Galang said.
She explained that WTP in Cardona “employs a more rigorous and complex treatment process and types of equipment compared to other existing water treatment plants because of the diverse quality of water from Laguna Lake.”
“The process includes treatment for suspended solids, organic matter, algae and dissolved solids,” Galang pointed out.
Galang said once Phase 2 is completed, it can distribute potable water to 800,000 people, and ease the load of the central distribution system of Manila Water customers in Metro Manila. (PNA)