Water in flow slows down further; new ration plan set PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:41

The Zamboanga City Water District is adopting a new water rationing plan effective at 5:00 a.m. of Wednesday, March 25 as water inflow at the source has slowed down considerably the past two weeks.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes Jr. disclosed that water inflow has greatly decreased since the water rationing program was implemented March 3, 2015.

No new water inflow has been reported of late as the hot dry spell intensified in the city.

The new water rationing scheme involves a modification in the schedule of the central district which now will have water starting at 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm from the previous 10 am until 4:00 pm. The East and Western Sector of the city schedules remained the same with the east coast getting first crack at water from 5:00 am until 11:00 am while the city’s west gets its water from 8 pm until 2:00 am.

Engr.Efren Salvacion, in charge of the water rationing scheme, said the schedule had to be revised as heavier than usual water usage was experienced in the city central district and the city’s east coast.

This plus the decline in water inflow has constrained the water district from supplying potable water to key areas of the city during times when the schedule called for them to have water.

The new scheme hopes to supply potable water to areas that have not been getting water into their homes.

Engr. Salvacion disclosed those that don’t get water into their taps will have to be supplied by water tankers of the ZCWD.

Salvacion added monitoring teams and engineering repair crews have been mobilized to observe water service in key areas of the city while repair crews are dispatched to plug leaks in the barangays.

‘Water lost from leaks in water main are a waste of valuable resources especially in times like these when water supply is at critical levels’, Salvacion added.

Meanwhile the water rationing team will continue conducting fine tuning operations even as the new scheme kicks in.

Water District General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez called anew for people to help conserve and use water wisely.

The rains are still a long way off and the continued depletion of our main water source due to extensive use this summer could exacerbate the situation further.

He said the water elevation at the diversion dam is at 73.89 cubic meters, way below its normal elevation of 74.20 cm. — Ed Banos –CREAS ZCWD