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Groups set to check Wawa dam viability

Manila Water

By Victor V. Saulon

THE AYALA and the Razon teams are set to signal throughout the week an preliminary settlement to look into the viability of collectively growing the Wawa dam in Rizal as a part of Manila Water Firm, Inc.’s new water sources.

“Okay na, I believe by Wednesday or Thursday magpipirmahan na ng preliminary memorandum of understanding to i-proceed nila ang challenge (It’s okay. I believe by Wednesday or Thursday they are going to signal the preliminary memorandum of understanding to proceed with the challenge),” Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco informed reporters after a press convention on the company’s workplace in Quezon Metropolis on Monday.

Mr. Velasco was talking in his capability as head of the company that had pushed the 2 teams to collectively develop the challenge. MWSS is tasked to search for new water sources for distribution of Metro Manila’s two water concessionaires.

Individually, Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz, Manila Water president and chief govt officer, mentioned discussions on the Wawa dam challenge would result in the formation of a technical working group to review the feasibility of the challenge.

He mentioned the challenge must safe regulatory approvals.

Kailangang i-defend ‘yan kay (earlier than) Chief Regulator [Patrick Lester N. Ty],” he mentioned in an interview after the press convention.

Mr. Dela Cruz mentioned the challenge is among the many choices being thought of by Manila Water for approval by the regulator in fixing the bottom water charge in 2022, or the tip of the fourth rate-rebasing interval. Capital expenditure tasks of the water concessionaire want the approval of the regulator as these are to be recovered from clients.

He was referring to the brand new base charge for Manila Water’s concession protecting town’s east zone that ranged from P6.22 to P6.50 per cubic meter from 2018 to 2022. The staggered charge hike will probably be P1.46 on Oct. 15, 2018; P2.00 on Jan. 1, 2020 and one other P2.00 on Jan. 1, 2021; and between P0.76 and P1.04 on Jan. 1, 2022.

“The Wawa dam choice is factored in that with sure assumptions,” Mr. Dela Cruz mentioned, citing the water supply level and the uncooked water value.

Siya (Wawa dam) is the higher vary,” he added, referring to the P1.04/cu.m. in 2022.

“I believe what must occur is we now have to speed up that dialogue. And there are different choices, which Gen. Velasco is proposing.”

On the similar time, MWSS has questioned reviews that a Japanese agency has revived a plan to construct what it claims to be a less expensive and environment-friendly various to the Kaliwa dam challenge being carried out by the state water company with a Chinese language accomplice.

“The Kaliwa dam is already a achieved deal,” MWSS’s Mr. Velasco mentioned in a press convention on Monday on the company’s head workplace in Quezon Metropolis.

“We’ve already signed the contract,” he mentioned, including that the awarding of the challenge was achieved by way of correct bidding.

Earlier on Monday, International Utility Improvement Corp. Ltd. (GUDC) introduced its case in a press convention on Monday in Quezon Metropolis with the hope of gaining authorities help to its challenge, involving an consumption weir alongside the Kaliwa River in Tanay, Rizal underneath a 25-year build-operate-transfer scheme.

“… NEDA determined to fund it (Kaliwa dam) by way of ODA (official growth help). NEDA is a multi-agency chaired by the President,” he mentioned, referring to the Nationwide Financial and Improvement Authority.

Wala na ‘yan, accepted na nga ng President (That various has no likelihood because the Kaliwa dam challenge has already been accepted by the President). Do you suppose the President will change his determination? Na-bid na ‘yan, accepted by the best stage on the NEDA.”

In December final 12 months, Mr. Velasco mentioned the Philippines and China had signed a mortgage settlement for the challenge on Nov. 20. The dam will probably be constructed by China Vitality Engineering Co. Ltd. beginning subsequent 12 months with 2023 as goal completion date. The challenge’s P12.2-billion price will probably be funded 85% by China and 15% by MWSS.

Toshikazu Nomura, GUDC chief govt officer, mentioned on Monday his firm’s proposal was first introduced to the federal government in 2009 to deal with Metro Manila’s future water requirement. He claims a memorandum of understanding (MoU) had been inked with the MWSS underneath then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who’s now Home Speaker.

“We suggest to construct a water supply that not solely meets the capacities wanted by the [MWSS], but in addition makes use of a long-term, sustainable strategy in consideration of communities and livelihoods within the space,” he mentioned.

The revived proposal comes as MWSS is finalizing the required paperwork earlier than building begins on Kaliwa dam.

In a listening to on the Home of Representatives on Monday, Mr. Velasco mentioned he expects Kaliwa dam’s environmental compliance certificates to be prepared by Might forward of a goal begin of building in July or August.

The schedule provides Mr. Nomura’s firm a slender window to get the challenge thought of by the federal government. He declined to say whether or not authorized motion is an choice as he claims to have a legitimate MoU with the federal government.

“Just one [project] must be thought of,” he mentioned, including that if his firm is ready to begin in June 2019, the weir could possibly be accomplished throughout the time period of the present administration or by 2022.

Had the challenge been began in 2009, some areas in Metro Manila wouldn’t have skilled the water scarcity prior to now two weeks, he mentioned.

George B. Campos, GUDC vice-president for enterprise growth, mentioned the longer term requirement of town calls for under 550 million liters per day (MLD), a necessity that may be delivered by an consumption weir, which shores up water in an space alongside the river with out submerging ancestral lands in water just like the proposed Kaliwa dam.

Mr. Campos mentioned the corporate had submitted its unsolicited proposal to the Workplace of the President in February. He mentioned the submission was additionally addressed to MWSS. The 2 places of work had not responded to a request for verification as of late Monday afternoon.

He mentioned with the presentation of its challenge to the general public, the corporate hoped to ship “superb indicators” to the President, immediate him to look intently on the various water supply, “and provides a positive determination.”

The GUDC officers described a weir as a low head dam that serves as barrier throughout the horizontal width of a river that alters the move traits of water and leads to a change within the peak of the river stage.

Mr. Nomura mentioned the 7-meter Kaliwa consumption weir can be for free of charge to the federal government nor require sovereign ensures. The ability would require a 16-kilometer tunnel with a diameter of three.three meters.

The challenge price at a preliminary estimate of $410 million contains the development of a water therapy plant throughout the neighborhood. In all, the development interval is predicted inside 36 months. This compares with the price of Kaliwa dam, or New Centennial Water Supply-Kaliwa Dam Venture, which GUDC positioned at about $800 million for 600 MLD.

Mr. Nomura mentioned he expects Kaliwa dam to price much more because the expenditure for a water therapy plant has not been factored in.

Mr. Nomura mentioned the GUDC challenge’s design and plan are extra economical and environment friendly as the peak of the consumption weir is approach under Kaliwa dam’s 73-meter concrete face rockfill. The size of the water diversion tunnel can be shorter than the dam’s 22.5 kilometers with a Four-meter diameter.

He mentioned within the dam and tunnel portion of the challenge, the consumption weir’s price is 30% cheaper, whereas 50% cheaper when taken along with the challenge’s different elements such because the water therapy plant.

He additionally mentioned with the shorter peak of the weir, it is not going to change the pure move of the Kaliwa River, and won’t trigger inundation of any residents and pure half within the space.

GUDC is proposing a 100% personal finance for its challenge, together with the water therapy plant. The federal government doesn’t must bear any monetary burden.

Manila Water has dedicated to enhance water provide in Metro Manila’s east zone by the tip of the month and targets normalization by end-Might.

“They may do their greatest na mag-improve ng provide ng water for the following one month and so they have dedicated na ‘yung service daw ng water ay magi-enhance nitong April at pagdating ng Might eh, magno-normalize na,” Home Metro Manila Improvement committee chair Winston T. Castelo of Quezon Metropolis’s 2nd district mentioned in an interview, Monday.

The panel was tackling the current water scarcity in Metro Manila after Manila Water suffered a provide deficit as a consequence of a decline within the water stage of La Mesa Dam and a missed deadline in a serious challenge that was purported to have elevated provide by end-2018.

Manila Water’s Mr. dela Cruz mentioned by finish of Might, water provide will return to its pre-crisis operation. “Finish of Might, for a similar expertise as March 5. Pre-crisis po ‘yun. ‘Yun po ‘yung 20 psi (kilos per sq. inch), 24/7 (service),” he informed the panel.

Manila Water additionally targets additional rising water availability for eight to 12 hours at floor stage to 99% of its service protection by finish of March. — with Charmaine A. Tadalan

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