City, ZCWD work closely to address water woes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:17

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday revealed that the city government is working closely with the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) to address the water crisis experienced in the city.

Speaking before the members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall, the mayor disclosed that Dr Elmeir Apolinario of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) met with ZCWD officials Friday specifically to tackle issues related to water shortage.

“We met to discuss the possibilities of coming up with alternative methods of addressing the water crisis, which is not only affecting the city but the entire archipelago,” said Apolinario who was on hand to speak in length on the meeting to the local newsmen.

He added that both agencies have agreed to submit a report to the City Mayor detailing the true situation at the water shed and recommendations. Furthermore, the Office of the City Agriculturist was also been requested to submit its own report listing the effects of the prevailing water crisis on the city’s agricultural products

The meeting yielded several propositions, some of which will need to be discussed further, but Apolinario assured that the city is prepared to do cloud seeding.

“If there is really absolute need, we will go to cloud seeding,” Apolinario said.

Engr Efren Salvacion, ZCWD’s Maintenance Deparmtent Manager and officer in charge of the water rationing program in the city, provided insights on the current water situation in the city.

He said the water level at the Pasonanca intake dam continuously decrease due to the long dry spell and will eventually affect the current water rationing scheme.

Salvacion however assured the public that water tankers and repair crews are prepared to assist concessionaires. “The water tankers and el di atun crew na water maintenance repair are in the field 24/7 in order for us to address si chene kita leakages.

The department manager also sought the understanding of the public when they are unable to serve time especially since the demand for water has doubled.

The water crisis may worsen in the summer season, prompting the mayor to reiterate her appeal for the public “to conserve – not to hoard – water, to help monitor illegal connections and water leakage, as well as conserve electricity.” — Claudine Uniana