ZCWD warns of impending water rationing due to El Niño PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 December 2015 12:00

By ED BAÑOS

Water level at the diversion dam has dropped below normal levels anew prompting the Zamboanga City Water District to issue warnings of an impending water rationing.

Abnormal weather conditions are currently prevailing as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA earlier declared the onset of ‘el Nino’ in the country.

El Nino is an abnormal weather condition where temperature of the ocean surfaces rise, triggering prolonged dry spell and intense heat in the pacific region.

PAGASA further decreed this year’s El Nino could develop into one of the harshest, rivaling that in 1997.

El Nino has adverse effect on the city’s water supply system as ZCWD depends largely on surface water by way of Tumaga River.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes Jr., Water Production Manager of ZCWD,  said the present elevation is at 74.16 meter, .04 meters below normal elevation.

‘It has not rained much of late preventing our natural aquifers from rejuvenating,’ Engr. Reyes added.

Meantime, concessionaires are reminded to make judicious use of water.

Consumers are also strongly advised to store enough water in their respective homes.

While water rationing has not been re-imposed by the district, the possibility of this happening is not remote, Eng’rEfrenSalvacion disclosed.‘We are closely monitoring the water level in our diversion dam on an hourly basis, as the current dry spell and the heat intensifies’ Eng’rSalvacion added.

‘We need to act now before the situation gets out of hand, he added.

El Nino hit early this year, tapered off during the rainy season but re- surfaced later this year.

It is projected to prolong and spill over to the first half of next year, the PAGASA reported.

“We want to ensure water is made available to everyone as we weather this year’s El Nino, even if we will have to resort to rationing soon,” Engr. Salvacion added. — Ed D. Baños-CREAS ZCWD