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Aboitiz debuts water business at the 2019 IWA Conference

Franz de la Fuente | January 22, 2019

Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC) is optimistic about the opportunities the water space has to offer. Apo Agua President Roman V. Azanza III says the company is beefing up its water portfolio in the next few years and will continue to provide innovative infrastructure solutions that will help sustain the country’s economic growth.

AIC’s water business subsidiary Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua) is expected to be one of the largest bulk water projects in the country with a sustainable water source. It is envisioned to provide more than 300 million liters of water per day to over a million Davao residents.

The company made its debut at the recent ‘10th Specialist Conference on Efficient Urban Water Management’ held at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. Dubbed ‘Efficient 2019,’ the conference organized by the International Water Association was attended by global water experts, thought leaders, and practitioners from 27 countries. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu was one of its keynote speakers.

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AIC's Water BU team with Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr., Executive Director of the National Water Resources Board at the 2019 IWA Conference.
AIC’s Water BU team with Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr., Executive Director of the National Water Resources Board at the 2019 IWA Conference.

Our Apo Agua project is unique in the Philippines. It’s basically the conjunction of water and power. It’s called the water-energy nexus. So, we’re actually using the water we tapped from the Tamugan river to power a 2-megawatt hydroelectric plant which is sufficient to supply all the power needs of our water treatment plant.

– Roman V. Azanza, President, Apo Agua

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Apo Agua will source its water from Davao’s Tamugan River, shown here with Mt. Tipolog in the background.

Also included in the company’s water portfolio is Lima Water Corporation (LWC), which provides end-to-end bulk water service from production to wastewater treatment. It provides industrial and potable water with 8,700 cu.m. supply capacity to 600 hectares of industrial land.

“We have a minority investment with the Balibago Waterworks of [Pampanga]. They’re actually one of the top five water players in the country,” Azanza noted, adding the company serves 150,000 households in 50 water distribution franchises in the Philippines.