Manila Water breaks ground for its emergency reservoirs in Pateros and Cainta
Manila Water recently held groundbreaking ceremonies to mark the commencement of the construction of two underground emergency reservoir projects intended to serve as potable water source in evacuation centers in the aftermath of disasters and calamities, such as typhoons and earthquakes.
The emergency reservoirs located at the Sto. Rosario Elementary School in Barangay Sto. Rosario-Kanluran, Pateros, and at the Cainta Elementary School in Barangay San Roque, Cainta, Rizal, are designed to provide 50 cubic meters and 100 cubic meters, respectively, of potable water and serve up to 5,000 and 10,000 evacuees for up to three days during which the rehabilitation of damaged water lines are expected to be completed.
Manila Water President and CEO Ferdinand Dela Cruz (sixth from left) leads the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the Cainta emergency reservoir construction. With him are (from left) Rizal Board Member Ross Glenn Gongora; Cainta Elementary School Master Teacher, Mercy Riosa; Rizal Assistant Provincial Engineer Bonifacio Masilang Jr.; Office of Civil Defense’s Curriculum Development Division Chief, Manuel Nivera; Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School Principal, Dr. Vidal Mendoza; Manila Water contractor, Mike Sicat of ME Sicat, Corporate Project Management Group OIC Director, Maidy Lynne Quinto; Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto; and Cainta Councilor Lincoln Felix.
Another reservoir will also be built in the municipality of Cainta, specifically at the Francisco P. Felix Memorial National High School, which can provide up to 50 cubic meters of water for 5,000 evacuees. In Pateros, reservoirs will also be installed at Pateros Elementary School in Barangay San Pedro and at Masikap Covered Court in Barangay Sta. Ana.
As part of Manila Water’s commitment of ensuring water service reliability, multiple reservoirs are being built in identified evacuation centers in 22 cities and municipalities throughout the East Zone. Aside from providing potable water, these reservoirs are likewise resilient to earthquakes and resistant to floods.