7-hour water rationing effective March 1 in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 February 2016 13:04

By ED BAÑOS

 

Due to the continued sharp drop in the city’s water supply, the Zamboanga City Water District will adopt a new water rationing schedule effective March 1.

Assistant General Manager for Operations Engr. Alejo S. Rojas Jr. said the new water rationing schedule will provide water to consumers in the city’s three districts with seven hours of water.

Rojas said there will be three hours of rest in the delivery of water to allow tank build up and ensure pressure to extend reach enabling the district to reach its furthest service areas in the east, west and central districts of the city.

Based on the new schedule which was thoroughly evaluated, the water schedule will start on March 1 with water piped into the west coast at 2:00am until 9:00am.

This will be immediately followed by the central district which is set to have water at 9:00am until 4:00pm while the city’s eastern district gets its chance at 4:00pm until 11:00pm, Rojas added.

Water outflow will cease at 11:00pm until 2:00am to allow water build up in the district’s filtration tanks to prepare for the next day’s deliveries.

The new water rationing scheme, the third to be implemented since January 8, 2016 will be similar to that imposed by the district in March of last year.

This time though several areas have been re classified mainly Veterans avenue which will now be grouped into the central district from its previous grouping in the east coast.

Short of implementing the more radical every-other day scheme, the district decided on the new scheme in the hope of an improvement in the water supply situation.

Rains are forecast to arrive June or July based on PAGASA projections with hopes that its current cloud seeding operations to yield positive results soon.

Rojas explained residents of the city’s east coast are specifically alerted to store enough water from February 29 to March 1 as they will be without water for a longer period of time than usual as the new rationing scheme is transitioning in.

East Coast which under the present schedule gets water at 1:00am to 8:00am will not get water until 4:00pm of March 1, the following day, Rojas said.

Residents of the affected district are hereby advised to make the necessary provisions for water on the said dates.

Meanwhile water district officials called anew to water consumers here to practice water conservation.

Judicious use of water is encouraged to ensure city folk will have ample water supply to weather the crippling effect of  ‘El Nino’ now affecting the city and large parts of the country. — Ed Banos CREAS-ZCWD