Sunday, October 14, 2018

MWSS and its concessionaires are doing upgrades to keep our water clean


MWSS and its concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad, are working nonstop to address deficiencies in both the water supply and sewerage systems caused by inadequate sewer provision.

Water is a substantial natural resource for our country that needs to be managed in the best possible way. The sewerage system upgrade rollout is expected to improve the wastewater treatment and sewerage services in the concessionaire's respective areas of coverage.



In a recent roundtable discussion held last October  12, 2018, the Metropolitan Waterworks and  Sewerage System-Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) shared how consumers—household managers, families, entrepreneurs—can benefit from clean water and long-term sewerage projects. This is in line with their public duty overseeing and regulating the services of its two main concessionaires: Maynilad (for Metro Manila west zone and select provinces in Cavite), and Manila Water (for the east zone and Rizal).


Every five years, the three companies undergo a rate rebasing exercise to ensure that water is fairly priced. For the first time in 10 years, RO approved a staggered water price increase until 2022. This means that they can provide excellent service while easing its impact in household budgets.

“Keeping our water clean and sustainable requires investment. This is what we considered before implementing a price adjustment this year,” assures MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Atty. Patrick Lester Ty. “The new rates are a product of prudent and efficient review . We also considered public sentiments through a series of consultations.”

Here is a closer at the new rates and how they impact the monthly water bill:


Year
Increase per cubic meter (cu.m.)
Maynilad
Manila Water
October 16, 2018
Php0.90
Php1.46
January 1, 2020
Php1.95
Php2.00
January 1, 2021
Php1.95
Php2.00
January 1, 2022
Php0.93
Php0.76 up to Php1.04
Total
Php5.73
Php6.22 up to Php6.50



Monthly Consumption
Maynilad
Manila Water
Current Bill 2018 (PHP)
Adjusted October 16, 2018 bill (PHP)
Net Increase (PHP)
Current Bill 2018 (PHP)
Adjusted October 16, 2018 bill (PHP)
Net Increase (PHP)
Below 10 m3flat min.
88.73
91.13
2.40
99.59
105.27
5.68
At 15 m 
243.53
250.06
6.53
160.29
169.42
9.13
At 25 m 
511.33
252.01
13.68
336.09
355.22
19.13



The planned improvements to the water supply and sewerage system will help maintain sustainable development in the country. The system upgrade equates to improvements in the quality of life in towns where Manila Water and Maynilad operates as it connects more people to safe drinking water while protecting the environment and reducing the amount of pollution entering the local ecosystem.

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