Manila Water signs contract for the P5.3B Novaliches-Balara Aqueduct 4 project
Manila Water Corp. said that it has recently held the ceremonial contract signing that signals the commencement of the landmark Novaliches-Balara Aqueduct 4 (NBAQ4) project, one of the largest water supply infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the company.
The P5.3 billion NBAQ4 project entails the construction of a fourth aqueduct from the La Mesa Reservoir to the Balara Treatment Plants (BTP) 1 and 2 to improve the reliability and security of the raw water transmission system.
The signing ceremony was participated in by representatives from Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Manila Water, Arup as the project management consultant, and NOVABALA joint venture, the project’s design and build contractor composed of CMC di Ravenna (Italy), First Balfour, Inc. (Philippines), and Chun Wo Engineering (Hong Kong).
In his message, MWSS Administrator PDDG Reynaldo Velasco (Ret.) said that this project is part of the agency’s water security program under the new administration.
“Part of this is coming up with interim and long-term water source projects to approximate at least 4,000 million liters per day (MLD) in the next 10 or 25 or, hopefully, 50 years,” he said.
The three existing aqueducts, built in 1929, 1956 and 1968 respectively, are already nearing, if not already exceeding, the service life of 50 years for concrete structures and therefore are in need of assessment and rehabilitation.