CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN – In a move to expand safe and potable water service, San Jose del Monte City Water District (San Jose Water) held the ground-breaking ceremony for its new Water Treatment Plant no. 3 (WTP-3) on March 23, 2017.

The ceremony, which was held at the WTP-3 site in Brgy. Tungkong Mangga, marks the official beginning of the implementation of the project.

Present during the said activity are the San Jose Water Board of Directors headed by Chairman Enrique A. Delos Santos, the San Jose Water management team headed by GM Loreto G. Limcolioc, and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Senior Deputy Administrator, Mr. Edgardo De Mayo.

The event was also graced by the presence of several local government officials, notably City Mayor Arthur B. Robes. Also in attendance were members of the city council, and officials from the city’s 59 barangays.

The WTP-3 can serve 15,000 additional families which will be relocated by the National Government to the City of San Jose del Monte in the next five years.

In his message, San Jose Water Board Chairman Enrique Delos Santos said that the treatment plant is San Jose Water’s response to the increasing demand of the city.

“The city’s population is rapidly increasing because of the continuing relocation of Metro Manila’s informal settlers to the city by the national government and the boom of real estate development for residential and commercial establishments. The city will also host one of the stations of MRT Line 7 so we expect further commercial development in the city, which will also mean additional demand for safe and potable water,” said Board Chairman Delos Santos.

For his part, San Jose Water GM Loreto Limcolioc said that the water source for the city residents is no longer enough to meet the demand.

“We are awaiting the operation of the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project but we cannot sit while our people thirst. We have to do something while the Bulacan Bulk (Project) is still being constructed,” GM Limcolioc said.

The treatment plant will process 10,000 cumd of water which will be sourced from Angat River. The volume is part of the 30,000 cumd allocated by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in 2014 for San Jose Water’s use.

GM Limcolioc said that if the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project will not materialize by 2018, the treatment plant will be expanded to accommodate the remaining 20,000 cumd.

The WTP-3 forms part of San Jose Water’s Comprehensive Water Supply System Project – Phase 3.