Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 198 known as Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973, the Mangaldan Water District was formed for the purpose of the following:

  • Acquiring, installing, improving, maintaining and operating water supply and distribution systems for domestic, industrial, municipal and agricultural uses for residents and lands within the boundaries of such districts;

  • Providing, maintaining and operating wastewater, treatment, and disposal facilities; and

  • Conducting such other functions and operations incidental to water resources development, utilization and disposal within such districts, as are necessary or incidental to said purpose.


    The MANGALDAN WATER DISTRICT was first operated under the administration of the Municipality of Mangaldan under the name “MANGALDAN WATERWORKS AUTHORITY”. It was formed through Resolution No. 38, series of 1979, passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Mangaldan, Pangasinan on May 12, 1979 pursuant to the provisions of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 198, as amended by Presidential Decree Nos., 768 and R.A. 9286) also known and referred to as the “PROVINCIAL WATER UTILITIES ACT OF 1973”. It is a National Policy favoring local operation and control of water systems; authorizing the formation of Local Water Districts and providing for the Government and Administration of such Districts; chartering a National Administration to facilitate improvement of Local Water Utilities; granting said administration such powers as are necessary to optimize public service from water utility operations, and for other purposes.

    That on September 1, 1980, it acquired ownership of the Mangaldan Waterworks Authority. On October 6, 1980, the Conditional Certificate of Conformance (CCC No. 139) was issued by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to the District entitling it to have access to LWUA’s technical, financial and institutional assistance to improve and develop the water supply system in the area.

    In a Supreme Court ruling with “Entry of Final Judgment on March 12, 1992” in the case of Davao City Water District, et. al vs. Civil Service Commission and Commission on Audit, GR No. 95237-38, declared all Local Water Districts (LWDs) as government-owned and/or controlled corporations subject to policies, rules and regulations of, and to usual mandatory review and examination of national agencies such as, DBM, CSC and COA.

    In compliance with the guidelines as provided for in the DBM- approved Revised Local Water District Manual on Categorization, Re-Categorization and Other Related Matters (LWD-MACRO), the Mangaldan Water District was re-categorized as Category “C” Water District on March 16, 2012 by the Local Water Utilities Administration. The Department of Budget and Management approved the staffing modification to implement the its Category “C” WD on February 1, 2013.

    On November 5, 2014, the Mangaldan Water District requested for the re-categorization of its existing Category “C” to Category B” to the LWUA. After satisfying all the required documents, the latter approved the said request on February 23, 2015. Hence, effective March 2015, MAWAD is re-categorized as Category “B” Water District.

    Also, the Mangaldan Water District is one of the agencies accredited by the Civil Service Commission per Resolution No. 982649 dated October 6, 1998, the accreditation of the Mangaldan Water District which grants the authority to take final action on appointments.

    The results of the Level II Revalidation Assessment conducted by the Civil Service Commission Regional Office No. 1, San Fernando City, La Union at the Mangaldan Water District in May 2012 and the reassessment done in February 2013 showed that MAWAD has continued to be compliant to the requirement for Level II-Accredited Status so that MAWAD has been granted the

    Revalidated Level II Accreditation under the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) thru Resolution No. 1301352 promulgated on July 2, 2013.