MMDA proposes exposed water pipes on EDSA

Posted at 02/15/13 1:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino on Friday proposed installing exposed water pipes along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to avoid traffic-inducing excavations in the future.

Tolentino, a lawyer, made this proposal after Manila Water revealed its plan to replace old pipes along EDSA.

"Baka may other technological solution. Halimbawa po, on top of my mind, eh naka-expose ang pipe… Kung papayag ang MRT (Metro Rail Transit), doon sa daanan ng MRT, pwedeng sa gilid yung exposed pipes ng water utility company," Tolentino told dzMM.

Manila Water, which services Metro Manila's east zone, estimates that the project will run for 7 months if pipe-laying works are done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The water concessionaire hopes to conduct the pipe-laying project before the 23-month rehabilitation of EDSA begins. It submitted the proposal since no excavations along EDSA will be allowed for the next five years after its rehabilitation.

The EDSA rehabilitation project was earlier put on hold by President Benigno Aquino III due to concerns of massive traffic along the 23-kilometer thoroughfare.

Jeric Sevilla, head of Manila Water Corporate Communications, stressed the need for the pipe replacement since leakage incidents on the main pipe artery are already becoming frequent.

Manila Water plans to install 14 kilometers of pipes that are divided into 12 segments on the northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA.