ZCWD implements water rationing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:09

With water at the intake dam at full utilization, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will be rationing the water supply of the City.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes, Jr., head of water production, disclosed Monday, March 2, that ZCWD will be implementing a water rationing schedule to ensure that all consumers will have access to water for at least 10-12 hours a day.

Reyes said that there is a notable decrease in the flow of the City’s water supply due to the incoming dry spell of summer, and this has already affected water production.

“Our combined production was decreased by about 10%. We have tried some pressure management, but unfortunately, the flow of our river, which is our main source of water supply, is still decreasing,” said Reyes.

The scheduled rationing will take effect Tuesday evening, March 3, and will affect barangays in both east and west coast areas.

West Coast areas, comprising Cabatangan, San Roque, San Jose Gusu, Campo Islam, Malagutay, Sinunuc, Napolcom Road to Carmen Valley area, Lunzuran and Calarian, will have water supply from 8 PM to 5 AM.

On the other hand, east Coast areas, which will be comprised of Tumaga, Guiwan, Tetuan, Talon Talon, Veterans Avenue, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Rio Hondo, Tugbungan and Mampang, will be supplied with water starting 7 AM to 6PM.

Barangays in the central district will have 24-hour water supply albeit at lower pressures.

Barangays which were not included in the schedule are those that are near production wells and spring sources, and as such, noted Reyes, are not yet affected by the rationing.

Reyes assured the public, however, that the ZCWD will continue to deliver and supply water to transitory sites which are hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs).

He also noted that the ZCWD is exploring different options to manage and augment water supply in the City, including pressure management schemes to equally distribute water in different surface areas and the establishment of additional treatment plants to augment water supply.

Long-term solutions, such as the construction of impounding dams, have also been considered by the ZCWD.

With this development, City Mayor Beng Climaco called on the public to exercise water conservation measures.

“I really appeal to the public to initiate water-saving mechanisms. There are so many ways water can be recycled,” she said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali and Dan Toribio Jr.