Philippines water plant honoured at Global Water Awards

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
15 September 2020

The Putatan 2 drinking water plant in the Philippines, where Arup led the feasibility work and managed the project implementation, was honoured with a ‘Distinction’ in the Water Project of the Year category at the Global Water Awards 2020.

Arup has been working closely with Maynilad Water Services to develop this new treatment facility, delivering 150,000 cubic metres of water per day at Putatan, Metro Manila. It was built next to the Putatan 1 plant and provides water for around an additional one million people.

To help relieve major water shortages and the consistently low levels in Angat dam, which provides most of the city’s water, the new plant draws water from a different source, Laguna Lake, therefore increasing the security of the city’s water resources.

The new plant deploys world-class membrane technology on an unprecedented scale in the Philippines to ensure clean potable water. With a number of advanced technical pre-treatment including dissolved air flotation (DAF) and biological aerated filtration (BAF), the water goes through ultrafiltration (UF) followed by reverse osmosis (RO), before a final chlorination step.

Acting as the project manager on the client’s side, Arup has undertaken a feasibility study, developed the project specifications, and managed the procurement process and contract administration.

We are proud to be part of this project and see the recognition of the team’s effort in strengthening water resilience for the Philippines. The success of this project is a major step towards reinforcing water availability to Metro Manila and making the most of the complex water resource that is Laguna Lake. ” Adrian Marsden Adrian Marsden Associate Director

The addition of Putatan water treatment plant 2 increases our ability to meet the needs of our customers and provides enhanced water security. The new plant can handle the highly variable quality of raw water coming from Laguna Lake, thus helping to sustain reliable water services. ” Ramoncito Fernandez President and CEO, Maynilad Water Services, Inc

Laguna Lake’s waters are considered to be among the world’s most challenging to treat due to a high concentration of algae and suspended solids. Putatan 2’s state-of-the-art technology is helping Manila breaking through to this previously-untappable resource with complete ease. ” Judges, the Global Water Awards 2020

The Putatan 2 drinking water plant in the Philippines The Putatan 2 drinking water plant in the Philippines
The Putatan 2 drinking water plant provides water for around an additional one million people in the Philippines.