The MWSS’ project preparation for BNAQ7 is moving ahead as planned after an investment loan from the Asian Development Bank was recently approved. The approval of the loan is a testament to BNAQ-7’s (or AQ # 7) importance, scale, impact, and confidence to MWSS’ project execution performance.
The USD 126.02 M loan for AQ 7 is a separate loan from ADB, as part of the expanded Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project (AWTIP), to be constructed after the operationalization of the new Tunnel 4, also an ADB-financed project. Tunnel 4 was partly operationalized during the period of Enhanced Community Quarantine and is currently in the final stages of completion. It will be fully operational by July.
The new aqueduct will have a capacity of 1,500 MLD and will replace the old and leaking Aqueduct Nos. 1 and 2, which can only deliver 300 MLD. The higher design capacity provides substantial safety factor to the water security of Metro Manila and the flexibility in the repairing other aqueduct systems. This will ensure that the water releases from the Umiray-Angat-Ipo system will flow to the different treatment plants of the MWSS’s concessionaires.
MWSS is proud to have ADB to be its partner again for AQ 7. The ADB has financed several reliability projects for the improvement of the MWSS’ conveyance systems, such as the Angat Water Supply Optimization Project, the Manila South Water Distribution Project, the Umiray-Angat Transbasin Project, and the ongoing AWTIP.