Repair of metro pumping stations to take time – MMDA

May 24, 2013 10:24 pm 

MANILA, May 24 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the uplift and repair of its water pumping stations will undergo crucial analysis due to each pumping station's specifications and be able to provide long-term benefits to the citizens of the metropolis.

“Let us not expect that repair and rehabilitation would happen soon. Based on information, each pumping station needs at least 247 days to rehabilitate,” MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.

Tolentino added that the MMDA’s pumping stations are designed to pump out between 80 millimeters and 90 mm of floodwater per hour. However, because of age and disrepair, these pumping stations are no longer operating at their full capacity.

Among the technical factors that they have to consider include depth of water, kind of sludge, type of water that flows in the pumping stations, Tolentino added.

It has been recalled that the Department of Budget and Management released P1.59 billion for the repair of flood pumping stations in Metro Manila.

MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office said the P1.59-billion budget will replace and rehabilitate the outdated Libertad, Quiapo, Tripa De Galina, Pandacan, Valencia, Binondo, Aviles, Paco, Makati, Sta. Clara, Balete and Arroceros pumping stations located in various areas of the metropolis.

These pumping stations were designed to pump between 80 millimeters and 90 mm of water per hour, and could no longer withstand huge amount of rainfall.

To date, MMDA has 51 water pumping stations all over the metropolis.

The agency has only P230-million budget for its flood control projects, including the maintenance and operation of the 51 pumping stations.

The MMDA is currently coordinating with the Department of Science and Technology to come up with a more effective filtration and hauling system for quicker collection of garbage at pumping stations in Metro Manila.

According to MMDA, the causes of flooding in Metro Manila include rapid urbanization and development, clogging and siltation, structural obstructions, inadequate flood control structures and excessive and intense rainfall due to climate change. (PNA)

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