MCWD to pursue joint venture for bulk water supply

February 24, 2011 11:58 am 

CEBU CITY, Feb. 24 – The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will pursue other joint venture agreements for bulk water supply with private sector suppliers, saying it is advantageous to the water utility firm and the consumers.

Officials of the water district said agreements for bulk water supply with private companies will benefit the consumers because these could help avoid water rates increase.

MCWD general manager Armando Paredes and Joel Mari Yu of the MCWD board on Wednesday led the ceremonial opening of the bulk water supply well of Abejo Builders Corp. at the Plaza of San Antonio Village in Barangay Apas, Cebu City.

The supply is under a joint venture agreement.

Paredes said the 2,000 cubic meters of water that Abejo will supply to MCWD will benefit residents of San Antonio Village and the neighboring areas of Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.

“Those who complained of low water pressure can now enjoy more water and those who have no water connection yet can now apply with the MCWD,” he said.

Gabino “Borgy” Abejo Jr., president and chief executive officer of Abejo Builders, said they were able to supply 2,000 cubic meters of water in Barangay Apas at P14.78 per cubic meter and 7,000 cubic meters in Consolacion town at P14.08 per cubic meter because they bring their water production equipment to the areas where the water is sourced.

The water is then injected to the nearest MCWD pipeline.

“The price depends on the distance from the water source to the MCWD pipeline,” Abejo said.

Abejo also said they will enter into other joint venture agreements with MCWD for bulk water supply, including the 3,000 cubic meters a day in Guadalupe and 2,000 cubic meters a day in Lahug. (PNA) DCT/FFC/EB/bh


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