Water rationing continues PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 11:54

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The water rationing scheme in the City will continue to be in effect, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) confirmed Monday, February 22.

In his update to the media, ZCWD Maintenance Department Manager Engr. Efren Salvacion said the water rationing scheme will be maintained but a new schedule, subject to the approval of the ZCWD management, will be announced should water levels continue to drop.

“Our water rationing is still maintained, [but] we can still manage,” Salvacion said.

To date, the City’s water level is holding at 73.8 m which is lower than the normal level of 74.2 m. Water volume is also down from 100,000 cubic meter to 64,000 cubic meter.

“Hopefully man maintain le [water level] alyi, so that we will have no problem in supply,” Salvacion said.

Salvacion further explained that areas located far away from water treatment plants, including Sta. Barbara and portions of Sta. Catalina, will be bearing the brunt of the water rationing. To ensure continuous supply, the ZCWD will be delivering water to these affected areas through its seven water tankers and a mobile treatment plant.

Meanwhile, the El Nino dry spell shows no sign of abating as it continues to affect the City of Zamboanga. The latest report from the Office of the City Agriculturist puts damages to crops at Php 17.4 M and over 860 hectares of affected agricultural lands.

The PAGASA-led team together with the Office of the City Agriculturist has began cloud seeding operations last week. A total of 45-50 cloud seeding sorties will be conducted by the PAGASA team until February 28 as part of the local and national government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the ongoing dry spell in the City. — Jasmine Mohammadsali