ZCWD: Water rationing still on in some Zambo areas PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:55

by JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Several areas in the City continue to remain affected by the water rationing scheme implemented by the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

Engr. Efren Salvacion, manager of the ZCWD maintenance department, reported the City has notched good water levels at its water sources, but because the City is functioning at a maximum demand, at least 20% of the total area served by the ZCWD continue to experience water rationing schedules.

“As of this time, tiene quita bueno level na deaton water source, however, as announced by our manager previously, we are on a maximum demand,” said Salvacion Monday, August 3.

To date, the ZCWD is serving approximately 56,000 consumers in the City.

Areas most affected by water rationing are those that are elevated and far from water sources, explained Salvacion. These include Calarian, Sinunuc, Malagutay, Cawit, Tugbungan, and some portion of Sta. Catalina.

Other areas however, Salvacion noted, already have water around the clock.

Also contributing to the increase and decrease of water levels is the water filtration process in treatment plants. According to Salvacion, an increase in water turbidity requires the treatment plant to initiate filtration and two to three hours of backwashing which causes levels at water reservoirs to go down.

Salvacion gave his assurance, however, that the ZCWD is pursuing projects to cope with the increasing water demand.

“As far as the management is concerned, we have existing project to add more [to address] of our water demand,” he said.

Projects include a water line from the West Coast to the City Hall for water distribution. For the East Coast, the proposed water line is from Pasonanca going to the farthest East Coast areas. — Jasmine Mohammadsali