ZCWD resorts to more drastic measures on water rationing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:23

The Zamboanga City Water District starts implementation Thursday , March 12, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.,  of a new water rationing scheme in view of the fast dwindling water supply at the main water source.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes Jr.in charge of water production said since last Friday’s media briefing at the district’s intake, water inflow has since receded and based on reports the district is losing close to 20,000 cubic liter of water due to the extreme hot weather conditions and absence of rainfall for the past three weeks.

Zamboanga City based on a recent study of the World Wide Fund and BPI, is said to be located in an area that is expected to face the risk of high temperature rise and low rainfall rendering the ZCWD vulnerable to loss of its surface water supply during the summer months.

It sits within, what the WW- BPI study classifies as Type 3 Climate zone, exposing it to adverse effect of low rainfall and rapid loss of surface water supply.

The district will now implement it’s three-zone alternating schedule to help ensure water availability to costumers at certain hours of the day.

The new schedule will have the east coast area having water from 5:00 am to 11:00am, the central area to have water from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm while the west coast area will have water from 8:00 pm until 2:00 am.

All areas will have 7 hours of water each day.

The ZCWD also announced that it will monitor feedbacks on the new scheme as it opens its customer care hotlines to the public for feedbacks. The water district customer care hotlines are 955-1007 to 1009 during office hours Mondays-Fridays while those wishing to call after 5 pm and during the weekends to ring 991-1553 at the Pasonanca filtration plant.

Meanwhile, Engr. Efren Salvacion announced the water rationing plan will be backed up by the district’s fleet of water tankers to augment water supply in areas not reached by the water service of the new scheme.

Reyes also sounded a call to barangay officials to help the district monitor leaks in the water pipelines in their areas and report them soonest to the district.

Wasting precious water at this time is not an option and remedies must be applied soonest to prevent loss of water the water district official added.

He also said further bulletins on progress of the new scheme will be reported out to media outlets from time to time to keep the public informed.  — CREAS-Ed Banos)