Manila secures US$126m loan for Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (Philippines)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$126m loan for the construction of a 15km water transmission pipeline aimed at helping secure water supply in Metro Manila, Philippines.
The funding for the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project will help to improve downstream transmission capacity. It is part of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s (MWSS) effort to rehabilitate the Umiray–Angat–Ipo dam system, which supplies about 90% of Metro Manila’s water. MWSS is a government owned corporation that operates Metro Manila’s water systems. Two private companies also source, treat, and distribute water to customers.
A new aqueduct will be constructed, which will be 3.6-meter in diameter with a welded steel concrete-coated pipe. It will be designed to withstand magnitude 7 earthquakes in order to reduce the risk of a system breakdown and increase the resiliency of Metro Manila’s water supply. MWSS will retire its two oldest aqueducts and repair others through to 2032.