Water rationing stays – ZCWD PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:50

By Jasmine Mohammadsali


The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will continue to enforce its water rationing scheme as the City’s water stream is still not peaking at their usual normal levels despite the recent spate of rainfalls this month.

Teddy Sarmiento, ZCWD Division Manager for Water Quality, explained the rainfalls provided small relief by raising water stream levels but the “spikes” were artificial and just as rapidly decreased in a matter of days.

“Dito sa month of April meron na po tayong ulan, medyo nag-spike siya ng konti. Then as you will notice, madali lang siyang bumaba. After three days, balik na naman tayo sa [level] malapit lang talaga sa production and our stream flow,” Sarmiento said in his presentation regarding water production in Pasonanca to the local press at City Hall on Monday.

Sarmiento said the temporary increase in water levels allowed ZCWD to extend the availability of water for consumers but not was not enough to lift the rationing scheme.

“Kung medyo may relief man tayo ng konti, binibigay namin agad. We stretch our time, for example, yung sa ating rationing is up to 5 o’ clock, we stretch until 7 o’ clock to 8 o’ clock,” he said.

On the other hand, Sarmiento assured the public that water in Zamboanga City remains safe and potable. He noted turbid water (water that appears cloudy or hazy) will occur when there is abrupt changes in water pressure but will clear out in a few minutes. — Jasmine Mohammadsali