Water rationing: Only four hours available PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 11:41

by  Edgar Baños

 

Barely three weeks since it re-imposed water rationing in the city, the Zamboanga City Water District announced it was cutting back further water distribution hours to the city’s three sectors by four hours.

Effective today January 27, 2016 at 5:00PM, water rationing schedules for the city’s sectors will be reduced to eight hours a day with water from the present 12 hours. (Please refer to new rationing schedule on page 7)

ZCWD Officer-in-charge and Operations AGM Alejo Rojas Jr. disclosed an alarming drop in the water inflow to the system has reduced water production considerably.

Rojas added, the current situation makes it imperative for ZCWD to seek coordinative assistance from other concerned agencies to immediately work on mitigating measures to soften the impact of the prevailing weather condition.

The ZCWD official said the City Risk Reduction Management Office under Dr.ElmeirApolinario will have to meet and agree on what emergency measures to adopt.

For its part the city water district needs to manage and regulate water production to insure water ample water supply until the middle of the year, Rojas added.

The state weather Bureau PAGASA reported the prevailing ‘El Nino’ weather phenomenon will persist until June.

It has further warned that this particular El Nino is considered to be one of the harshest ever to hit the country in the last 15 years.

‘What we need to do is to manage our depleted water resources so that down the road in the months to come, we will still be able to supply water to our consumers’ Eng’r Rojas disclosed.

Among the mitigating measures which could be implemented immediately is cloud-seeding operations in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and the city government.

4 million pesos is on standby for use in the rain inducing operation,  in the city.

Rojas is optimistic the district can go ahead and procure much needed equipment such as water tankers to help in the distribution of water in far to reach concession areas during the crisis period.

Rojas called on the city folk anew to help conserve water and to use water judiciously.

He also urged the people to report to the district leaks in pipes in their areas as this wastes precious water.

He added engineers are monitoring the water supply situation round the clock and assured the public will be apprised if the situation warrants it. —  EdBaños/CREAS ZCWD