Wastewater infrastructure in Metro Manila needs to improve, and there’s a lot of work to be done. The road to progress has a price, however; as Maynilad hastens to install the sewer lines needed to improve the condition of the metro’s waterways, motorists will have to endure heavy traffic caused by road excavations and sewer and pipeline installations.
Aside from laying pipelines that bring drinking water to our homes, Maynilad also lays sewer lines that catch the wastewater we generate at home. All harmful substances from that wastewater are removed by Maynilad before the treated wastewater is discharged to creeks.
Instead of completely losing it the next time we stumble upon Maynilad projects on the road, think about the benefits they bring to the public and the environment.
Maynilad is taking the following steps to minimize the traffic congestion caused by its pipe-laying projects.
1. Maynilad closely coordinates with national government organizations, including the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the local government units (LGUs) and barangays, to ensure alignment on its project timelines and to get traffic management assistance.
2. Whenever possible, Maynilad schedules road digging activities in the dead of night or in the wee hours of the morning. Before commuters head out for work, Maynilad temporarily covers or restores the trenches of their worksites so that motorists can use the affected roads.
3. If Maynilad cannot avoid working at daytime, it encloses open trenches within board-ups and signs to serve as warning devices, and to avoid accidents.
4. Sometimes, a street has to be fully closed to accommodate Maynilad’s pipe-laying project. In such instances, motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes.
5. Maynilad provides traffic aides, or taps traffic aides from LGUs, to help facilitate traffic flow near its worksites.
People complain about the seemingly haphazard manner in which Maynilad leaves its project sites, trenches filled with soil, sandbags, or ugly asphalt patchwork. These are only temporary, as Maynilad subjects its newly laid pipes to hydro testing. Once the new pipe becomes leak-free despite being subjected to water pressure of over 100 PSI, Maynilad workers return to the site to dig out the temporary asphalt and proceed with the permanent road restoration.
Maynilad also intends to replace old water pipelines in its concession area. This is intended to reduce water loss due to pipe leaks and to improve service reliability.
At one point, Maynilad inherited what was considered one of the oldest pipelines in Asia, with some portions dating back to the Spanish era. These aging pipes have—thankfully—been replaced. The work continues in other areas.
Given the state of public transportation in our country and the volume of traffic that we encounter on a daily basis, we have become weary of anything that might worsen the situation. Bear in mind, however, that Maynilad’s pipe-laying projects are necessary and will ultimately have a positive impact on our family’s welfare and on the environment. Try not to lose your cool the next time you see a Maynilad waterworks project.
Advise your family and friends of any Maynilad-related road closures so they can plan ahead. Aid them further by sharing alternative routes that you may know of so they can be on their way with less inconvenience.