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President Benigno S. Aquino III will inaugurate the second phase of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s (MWSS) Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project (AWUAIP) that will be held at the La Mesa Dam Portal in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 17.
During the inauguration rites, the President will push the ceremonial button located at the Stilling Basin area that will signal the formal launching of the AWUIAP Phase 2.
Built at a cost of P1.3-billion, the AWUAIP Phase 2 involves the construction of a new 9.9 km aqueduct (Aqueduct No. 6) and the rehabilitation of the deteriorated section of Aqueduct No. 5 that will allow the more efficient conveyance of raw water from Angat Dam to the La Mesa and Balara water treatment plants.
The AWUAIP, which consists of three development project phases, aims to recoup losses of 394 million liters of water a day due to leakages.
The first phase, which was completed on February 2006, involved the construction of a 5.5 km by-pass of the deteriorated section of the existing Aqueduct No. 5.
The amount of P1.5-billion was invested for Phase 1 which was financed by the Philippine Government.
The second and third phases include the construction of the 9.9 km. section of Aqueduct No. 6, the rehabilitation of the Aqueduct No.5 and the construction of interconnection facilities. The total investment of P5.2-billion for the AWUAIP was financed thru the Preferential Buyer’s Credit of China Export-Import Bank.
Once completed, the AWUAIP will ensure the safety and integrity of raw water conveyance from Angat Dam to the La Mesa and Balara treatment plants, thus maintaining security of water supply for the MWSS service area covering 12 to 14 million people.
Joining the President will be House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.; Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson; MWSS chairman Ramon B. Alikpala; MWSS Administrator Gerardo A.I. Esquivel; Manila Water chairman Fernando Zobel De Ayala; and Maynilad Water chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.