18-hour waterless sked imposed due to low, ‘abnormal’ level at ZCWD plant PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:46

A sharp plunge in the water levels at the production plant in Pasonanca forced engineers to reduce water supply to the city’s central district Wednesday afternoon, a day before a new water rationing scheme kicked in.

Zamboanga City Water District General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez said the water level at the diversion dam dipped abruptly from 74.22 to 73.98 cm.

Water was being supplied to the east coast and central district at the time the cut off was resorted to.

The announcement was made following an emergency meeting of top ZCWD officials Wednesday at its boardroom in Pilar street.

Engineer Teotimo Reyes Jr., in charge of water production, said the abrupt water level drop was ‘abnormal’ and the district engineers took the necessary steps to correct the outflow to prepare for the west coast feed Thursday night and restore water levels in the holding tanks in preparation of the Thursday New Water rationing scheme.

Vasquez disclosed he has directed production engineers at the Pasonanca filtration plant to monitor closely water levels which he said is now at ‘critical level’.

Vasquez assured the new 3-zone scheme will provide water to the service areas at the specified time on the published schedule.

The new scheme, implemented at 5 am of Wednesday March 12 will provide water for consumers in three-zones, east coast from 5:00am til 11:00am; the City Central district from 10:00am until 4:00 pm and the west coast from 8:00pm to 2:00am.

The ZCWD will also activate on a 24-hour basis for the next few days its customer care hotlines to answer complaints and get feedbacks on the new water rationing scheme.

This aside from the water utility firm fielding survey and monitoring teams who will gather data on the new scheme when they go to service areas at certain hours of the day.

Inspection of water sources currently utilized by the ZCWD and periodic checks on water inflow were ordered by Vasquez to engineers and technicians on field assignments.

Vasquez called anew on consumers to make judicious use of water and only store enough water for household use.

He also called on the public to report to the water district any leaks or breaks in water pipeline of the district to prevent waste.

The ZCWD dedicated customer care hotlines are 955-1007, 955-1008 and 955-1009 and a telephone line at its filtration plant at 991-1553  (loc 100).

‘Please bear with us as we strive to improve water service to our customers during these hard and trying times. Help us in ensuring our service areas will have safe potable drinking water everyday’, Vasquez added.  — ZCWD CREAS-Ed Banos