Water rationing is here again, follow, not complain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:34

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

Water is life and if you have no water in your faucet for 12 hours. Life is cut off for 12 hours, but, this is not the intention of our water district. By force of circumstances, and a natural cause, they have to ration water for the city’s almost a million residents, so all may live and not only for a sector of our populace.This scheme is not new in Zamboanga City, it always happens when the water in their reservoir is at critical level. When this happens the water is not enough to flow into our faucets the whole day. Lucky for those who have stored water in their homes or those who have their private source or those living near a flowing river because they can cope with the temporary water scarcity. But to the many residents, who were not able to store reserve water, all they can do is complain, when the last bucket of water in their kitchen or bathrooms is consumed. But, this should not be the case. If only they took time to read in the local newspapers and listened to radio broadcast, a water rationing notice, for us to prepare, days before they finally implement the water rationing.

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Water rationing will start, Friday, January 8, 2016 and in Barangay San Jose Gusu, where I live, no water the whole day Friday and water distribution will resume in the evening from 6 PM to 5 AM. Although this is hard to accept since you need water during daytime,  but you are given in the evening, when you are supposed to rest from a busy day. Yet we can’t do anything. All we can do is prepare and store water for the day and avoid blaming the water district because they can’t also do anything. It is always true to believe that “a flowing spring cannot go higher than its source” and science believes that “water seeks its own level”.

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Be that as it may, one cannot help but ask the water district management, what happened to the multi-million loan and assistance from the city government, purposely for the rehabilitation of our water distribution system and reservoir? What happened also to the much publicized distribution contract with a well known Manila based, water provider, to build a water dam at the West Coast? Had this been implemented or when will it be operational?. Water system losses on distribution allegedly pegged at almost a staggering 50%, have this been checked? and how about those water thieves in some parts of the city who were found out to have illegal connection bypassing water meters and selling those stolen water by the gallons? Was there any apprehension? Without this problem, water from our reservoir could have maintained a normal level, enough for the consumption of the city.

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Some city streets are flooded everyday, even on a dry season because of busted water pipe left unrepaired. One example is the street in Baliwasan Seaside in front of the San Miguel Beer warehouse, which is flooded for many months now. The street flooding is only passable if you have a vehicle to traverse on that area but impossible to pass if you walk or risk your feet to be wet and immersed by the smelly and polluted street water coming from the faulty drainage in that area. Information says much of the street water came from a busted pipe passing alongside that street. If the water district can check on that perhaps it will afford an early solution to our receding water level.

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Scoop: Is the Water District Management also planning to have its operation on an Investment Management Contract (IMC) like our ZAMCELCO? I hope not, our water district is doing well with capable and professional Board Directors as policy makers, beside they also represent almost all professional and business sectors of the city. IMC is actually like privatization for at least 20 years minimum. The water District does not owe money to water grids or generation or distribution companies. Their water source is natural and for free coming from God. My opinion, agree or disagree.