US experts, ZCWD execs, other officials tour Primewater site PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:10

Two groups of officials looking to extend help in improving water production facilities in the city toured yesterday the 50 million-liters-day Prime water bulk production facility in Pamucutan, in the city’s west coast.

The tour apprised the visiting officials of the progress of work in the Villar Group financed project which is envisioned to come on stream middle of this year.

One group headed by ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez comprised of experts from the Florida Water facility, who are tied up on a mentoring program with the local water firm and members of the Be Secure Project of the USAID.

The group consisted of Chris Pettit and Maurice Tobon, experts from Florida, Yolly Gomez of Water Links, Cagayan de Oro Water District Director Joel Baldelovar and some members of the UNICEF group.

Other sites visited by the group of Vasquez included the filtration plants and the ZCWD intake, the STP ( Sewer and Septage) facility, Pumping station in Gov. Camins and the collection center in Putik.

ZCWD is currently engaged with USAID in securing financing and technical expertise to help address the persistent water shortfall of the water firm in the city.

The other group was led by Technical Service group (TSG) Assistant General Manager Arnulfo Alfonso and principally composed of Board Chairman Engr. Efren Aranez, Vice Chair Edwin Caliolio, and board members Dra. Mila Fernandez, Jose Vicente Atilano III and Esther Orendain.

Also with the group were other ZCWD officials Rudy Vega, David Capopes, and Erlyn Godinez.

Meanwhile, Assistant General Manager Arnulfo Alfonso announced that the Primewater Plant will start testing the facility by March, and could come on stream as early as April this year, a good six month from its original schedule of September this year.

Depending on the progress of work by Ecosystem in the pipe-laying project, water could start flowing down to Ayala by then to ease the projected severe water shortage in the area.

Zamboanga City Water District is currently engaged in four major infrastructure projects worth 1.7 million pesos.

These combined is expected to improve potable water delivery to 56 barangays service areas with over 55 thousand active connections. —  EdBanos CREAS/ZCWD