SUEZ signs contract for wastewater treatment with Maynilad to clean Manila Bay, Philippines

Under the auspices of the Philippine government, French based utility company SUEZ and Maynilad — the Philippines’ largest private water concessionaire — will spearhead a wastewater treatment project, establishing the Central Manila Sewerage System (CMSS) water reclamation facility to fast-track Manila Bay’s rehabilitation.

Launched in January 2024 and set to commission in 2027, the CMSS project aims to enhance the lives of around 1 million people across a 2,820-hectare area.

The project will leverage SUEZ’s technologies — Cyclor Turbo — in the treatment process. These compact technologies will support the facilities within a limited space to save land while also reducing overall environmental footprint through low power consumption.

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“The CMSS is one of the major projects that Maynilad is pursuing in line to help rehabilitate and protect the Manila Bay,” said president and CEO of Maynilad Ramoncito Fernandez. “Through this monumental undertaking, we aim to enhance quality of life by ensuring cleaner waterways and healthier communities.”

Manila Bay is said to be at the centre of economic activity in the country. However, years of untreated sewage discharge and accumulation in the bay have rendered it one of the country’s most polluted water bodies.  

Located in the port area of Manila, the 180 million litres per day treatment facility will ensure that the treated wastewater will comply with Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) effluent regulations, comparable to EU standards. The rehabilitation will also impact Laguna lake which is connected by the Pasig river and a key source of drinking water for millions in the region.

In addition, SUEZ will undertake the rehabilitation of the decades-old Tondo sewage pumping plant, and a conveyance system will be constructed as part of the CMSS to convey raw wastewater from customers to the treatment facility.