Suez and Maynilad team up to reduce water pollution in Manila Bay

Following a competitive bidding process, Suez and Maynilad, the Philippines’ largest private water concessionaire, are joining forces to undertake a wastewater treatment project to reduce water pollution in Manila Bay.

Years of untreated sewage discharge and accumulation in Manila Bay have rendered it one of the country’s most polluted water bodies.

Suez will establish the Central Manila Sewerage System (CMSS) Water Reclamation Facility to fast-track Manila Bay's rehabilitation. 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 European Union standards. The rehabilitation will also positively impact Laguna Lake which is connected by the Pasig River and a key source of drinking water for millions in the region.

The project will use Suez’s Cyclor Turbo technologies in the treatment process. These compact, robust, and resilient technologies will support the integrity and quality of the facilities within a limited space to save land while also reducing the overall environmental footprint through low power consumption.

In addition, Suez will rehabilitate 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. 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.

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

”This contract is an important milestone for Suez. The future Central Manila Sewerage System project demonstrates our expertise in preserving water resources through innovative and resilient technologies. I am grateful to Maynilad for entrusting us with this mission to enable them to drive the ecological transformation,” said Sabrina Soussan, chairman and CEO of Suez.