West zone water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has earmarked P190 million to improve its pumping station inside the La Mesa Compound in Quezon City.
Ricky Vargas, Maynilad president and chief executive officer, said the project involves the installation of new water pumps that will supplement the facility's four existing pumps.
He noted that out of the P190 million infrastructure investment, over P113 million went to the construction of a pump house and acquisition of four high-efficiency pumps from the United States.
The rest went into the installation of a flow meter, valves and pipes, and construction of a power sub-station and a house for the generator set.
Two of Maynilad's newly-installed pumps are equipped with a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), enabling the adjustment of operation speed depending on customer water consumption, making the North C Pumping Station more energy efficient.
One VFD-equipped pump is enough to regulate the output of the other seven pumps while the other VFD-equipped pump will serve as a back-up.
Maynilad's North C Pumping Station currently serves Fairview, Commonwealth and a portion of Quirino in Quezon City.
Once the pump facility upgrade is completed this month, water supply output to these areas will increase by 50 million liters per day as the additional supply is expected to increase water pressure to over 144,900 households.
Water supply availability to Barangays Holy Spirit, Batasan Hills and Commonwealth will be 24 hours-up from the current 8-12 hours.
Residents and establishments in these areas will also receive their water supply at a minimum pressure of 7 pounds per square inch (PSI).
''We are committed to improve our services. Through this infrastructure investment, we hope to enrich the lives of our current and future customers,'' Vargas said.