The MWSS’s driving vision, in line with the Ambisyon Natin 2040 goals, is the actualization of its long-term water security programs. One of MWSS’ water security programs is the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project (BBWSP), a project designed to generate massive gains in human well-being, economic growth and environmental sustainability in the entire Province of Bulacan.
Luzon Clean Water Development Corporation (LCWDC), MWSS’ 3rd Concessionaire (North Concession) covering the whole Province of Bulacan, is obligated to provide a step-up development of the BBWSP. Since 2019, the BBWSP Stage 1 and 2 beneficiary water districts (San Jose Del Monte, Marilao, Bocaue, Meycauayan, Obando, Balagtas, Santa Maria, Malolos, Bulakan, Calumpit, Guiguinto Plaridel, plus the Paombong Municipality [supplied by Malolos Water District]) have been enjoying the lowest bulk water charge in the country. For Stage 3a, which comprises the remaining 9 water districts and 2 LGU-run water systems, LCWDC is obligated to implement Stage 3(a). Under the Concession Agreement , , at least one of the Stage 3a water service providers/water districts must enter into an Agreement with MWSS and LCWDC. This requirement was satisfied when Norzagaray Water District signed the MOA in 14 January 2021, followed by six (6) water districts: Baliuag, Hagonoy, Pandi, San Rafael, San Ildefonso, and San Miguel. The target start of the commercial operations to at least one (1) water district shall be no later than January 2023.
Commencement of the design and engineering stage of BBWSP-Stage 3(a), will start upon MWSS approval of the Updated Business Plan that will detail LCWDC’s long-term strategies and plans to meet increasing demand in the earlier served water districts and 7 Stage 3(a) water districts who signed the MOA.
Business Plan for Stage 3
Everything went according to plan, when LCWDC submitted its proposed 250-page Updated Business Plan (UBP) and Financial Model to MWSS on 15 July 2021, a milestone obligation under the 2016 BBWSP Concession Agreement. The UBP covers the technical, financial, and operational aspects of BBWSP Stage 3 as follows:
|BBWSP Stage 3(a)
(WDs of Norzagaray, Pandi, Hagonoy, Baliuag, San Rafael, San Ildefonso, and San Miguel)
a) Stage 3(a)1 Component (Pipe Conveyance Extension (Accelerated Stage 3 System)) – composed of extension lines 400mm to 600mm diameter to be connected from the existing Stage 1 and 2 systems and construction of pumping station to provide supply to Pandi and Hagonoy (both of BBWSP Stage 3(a), as well as augmentation of the supply to Sta Maria (Stage 2) and Bocaue (Stage 1) Water districts.
b) Stage 3(a)2 Component (Norzagaray System) – construction of 10 MLD Norzagaray Modular Water Treatment Plant inside the MWSS Bigte Compound with pipeline connection to existing waterline to supply the beneficiary barangays of the Municipality of Norzagaray.
c) Stage 3(a)3 Component (Angat-Bustos Water Supply System) – construction of an initial 50 MLD water treatment plant, expandable to 100MLD, at San Rafael, Bulacan, that will abstract raw water downstream of Bustos Dam, as well as pumping station and around 34 km of primary pipelines ranging from 500mm to 1100mm diameter
|Stage 3(b)||Additional water supply to meet the demand of Stages 1 and 2|
|Stage 3(c)||Additional water supply from Bayabas-Maasim System to meet the demand of Stage 3(a) and the remaining municipalities of Bulacan|
MWSS Chairman and OIC Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, established a UBP Review Committee (URC) to ensure that LCWDC’s future direction and priorities are in line with the BBWSP Concession Agreement (CA) , and that its strategies benefit the Bulakenyos as a whole. The URC looked at the investments for new assets to be developed, cash requirements to meet operational investments, and cost-cutting strategies for the entire project life-cycle. The MWSS Board, on the other hand, was concerned with the improvement of quality of life, the assurance of continued water supply even during calamities, and environmental protection, given that the groundwater resources in the service area have already been depleted.
The UBP was finally approved on August 26, 2021, ahead of the 45-day milestone period required by the CA for MWSS to notify LCWDC of its decision that is due 28th August 2021. The MWSS Board’s approval of the UBP signals that the water districts will continue to pay low tariffs, resulting in low end-user fees for the Bulakenyos.
STAGE 3(a)1 Component:
Stage 3(a)2 Component:
Stage 3(a)3 Component: