Zambo City faces another possible water shortage PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:24

by EDGAR  BAños

The level at the main water intake of the Zamboanga City Water District has dropped below normal level raising concerns of another water shortage in the city in the next few months.

The most recent reading of the water level stood at 74.16 meters , which is .04 meters below the normal standard of 74.20 at the water district’s diversion dam in Pasonanca.

ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez said engineers are keeping an eye glued on the movement of the water supply at source, even as the El Nino phenomenon will persist until late this year.

PAGASA in their latest El Nino bulletin has projected the city will have below normal rainfall in the next five months raising concerns of another wave of water shortage might be on the way.

“This is precisely why we have not lifted the water rationing scheme since we implemented it last March 3 of this year,” Vasquez stressed.

“Based on advance bulletins from PAGASA we were already on the lookout for this where rainfall will be hard to come by. Rainfall is our principal energizer of our water table, to be replenished and help keep our supply stable,” the Water District Manager emphasized.

“PAGASA has projected below normal rainfall for the rest of the year with the exception of September where Zamboanga City is expected to have rains but still below normal level,” he added. “This again will put a lot of strain on our water supply that is why we are appealing to our consumers to please use water very judiciously and start conserving water.”

“If all of us make a concerted effort to conserve water now while still early and we hasten our repair program of all leaking pipelines in the city, then we might not have to resort to drastic measures for the rest of the year,  Vasquez said.

Moreover, he said, while the water district remains vulnerable to sudden changes in the climate, projects currently underway will ensure this will not happen anew in the future.

The Primewater 50 mld( million liters per day)  project in Patalon now under construction and the Manila Water Joint Venture on reduction of non- revenue water will ease the situation substantially by the later part of 2016, Vasquez said.

He appealed for cooperation from everyone to be active partners as the Zamboanga City Water District hopes to ease water shortage in the city, the ZCWD General Manager disclosed. — ZCWD CREAS-Ed Baños