Water situation normalizes, rationing scheme to continue PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:02

By EDGAR BAñOS

 

Water supply to consumers has started normalizing as rains have started to fall with more regularity signaling the water crisis is almost over with households getting longer hours of water inflow.

In a regular executive meeting yesterday, Operations Assistant General Manager Engr.Alejo Rojas Jr. said the rains have helped improve water inflow in the production area of the Zamboanga City Water District, allowing it to release more potable water into the system.

Rojas said the district considers the current situation as ‘normalizing’ while cautioning that the water rationing scheme imposed last March 3 of this year is still in place.

He added the water rationing scheme ideally should be implemented for a month or two to allow the water supply to improve some more.

Rojas said the water level at the diversion dam has been fluctuating around 74.00 meters indicating water runoff has not built up enough to bring the water elevation back to its normal level of 74.20.

Meanwhile, the normalization of the water supply situation will now allow the ZCWD to concentrate on other important matters at hand.

Water District General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez reiterated, the Joint venture project with Ayala owned Manila Water on the recovery of non- revenue water is now in in the final stages of commencing soon.

Manila Water Engineers are now in town to supervise the project aimed at lowering non-revenue water from 48 percent loss to 25 percent.

This is seen to improve water delivery efficiency and lower loses due to waste and breaks in service lines.

Vasquez also said Prime Water, commissioned to provide 50 mld (million liters per day) to the water district from the west coast, have already broken ground as site development.

These twin projects Vasquez added will help mitigate the effects of water shortage in the future.

The two projects are projected to be completed by next year. — Ed Baños/ZCWD CREAS