MANILA, Philippines?The Manila Water Company, Inc. is resuming pipe-laying operations along Edsa as government agencies did not find historical significance in an underground tunnel discovered along the pipe route.
In a statement, the Manila Water said that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) gave the Ayala-led company the go-signal to continue rehabilitating the old lines along EDSA, which have become susceptible to leakages.
It can be recalled that pipe-laying activities were suspended following the discovery of a tunnel by workers of the East Zone concessionaire in the course of its excavation work along the northbound lane of Edsa between the Guadalupe MRT Station and the Guadalupe Bridge.
A hollow chamber was uncovered while Manila Water's service providers were digging the portion along EDSA where the proposed water line would be laid.
The chamber has been filled up with cement after laying two pipes inside the tunnel cavity. The site is now being prepared for pavement restoration and shall soon be opened to traffic once fully restored.
A total of 1.42 kilometers of steel pipe will be laid from the corner of Kalayaan Avenue going northbound until the approach of Guadalupe Bridge. To date, 441 linear meters have already been installed.
The DPWH, through the National Historical Institute (NHI), gave Manila Water permission to resume construction after the NHI confirmed that the tunnel had no historical significance.
Jeric Sevilla, head of Manila Water Corporate Communications, called the EDSA pipelines very important segments of the central distribution network of Manila Water as these have been conveying water from the company's treatment plants in Balara to the residential and commercial establishments in the cities of Makati and Taguig.
"We need to ensure that these pipelines are structurally reliable to avoid any major leakage that may result to water loss and disrupt water supply to customers. The EDSA lines have been laid in the 1960s and are very prone to breakages," Sevilla said.
The project is made possible with the regular coordination between Manila Water, DPWH, MMDA and the city government of Makati.
To avoid inconvenience to motorists, pipelaying and rehabilitation work are only being done from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, according to the Manila Water.