(OCTOBER 10, 2019) – Manila Water on Thursday warned of an increase by as much as P26.70 per cubic meter in its water rates if the Supreme Court does not reverse its ruling on sewerage fines.
The High Court in August charged Manila Water and west zone concessionaire Maynilad with a P921 million fine each for failure to complete its sewerage projects by 2009, or five years after the Clean Water Act took effect.
An additional running daily fine of P322,102 was also imposed by the court, until the sewerage projects are completed.
In its statement, Manila Water said the High Court’s decision had “no basis” as the company complied with its sewerage responsibilities under the law.
“Sec. 8 of CWA simply required MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad to interconnect the water lines of households, condominiums, subdivisions, among others, to the ‘available’ sewer lines of the concessionaires. By 2009, it said it had interconnected 61,000 out of 63,000 subscribers to its sewer trunk,” the statement said.
Aside from the increase in water rates, Manila Water also warned of worsening traffic in the next five years as they lay out sewage lines.
“Worse traffic is also to be expected since hundreds of kilometers of roads, including EDSA, which are part of the Manila Water’s East Zone, would have to be dug up all at the same time. The daily loss of P3.5 billion caused by existing traffic congestion could balloon significantly,” it said.
Manila Water filed its motion for reconsideration on October 2. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)