Water level remains near at critical level PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:15

By VIC LARATO

The water supply in Zamboanga City remains very low and is in fact approaching to its critical level with the onset of the summer season, according to the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) spokesman Edgar Baños.

Baños told the press briefing in City Hall Monday that the water level at the intake dam in Pasonanca was 73.86 meters, way below the normal level of 74.20 meters.

“We are maintaining the water rationing scheme implemented since March 1 based on the water inflow of 2,200 cubic liters per hour,” he said, adding that as of Monday, the water inflow was 2,600 cu.l/hr., which was with the level.

Baños however forewarned the public that once the inflow drops any further, “we are likely to get together and the third rationing scheme” will be implemented.

While the city recently experienced raindrops, however, Baños said not enough to augment the present supply.

Traditionally, he said, rainy season would set in by May to June; hence, this time “we are approaching the critical period this summer.”

For this reason, he said the ZCWD engineers have agreed to meet on a daily basis to assess the water situation, which can “be best described as very, very precarious.”

“While we can still provide though it is at the level where majority part of the city is affected and the ZCWD continues to address the problem,” Baños said, explaining that right now the water firm is deploying six tankers to areas unreachable by water.— Vic Larato