City finds ways to help augment water supply PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:31

As the prolonged dry spell continuously depletes the city’s water resources, the City Government is searching for ways and means on how to help augment water supply.

One measure being studied is the proposal for the local government to tap private-owned deep wells including water tankers of private companies to help provide potable water to hard-hit areas in the city.

OIC City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said he is closely coordinating with Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) general manager Leonardo Vasquez for the implementation of these measures that will help mitigate the wide-reaching effects of the prolonged dry spell that is taking its toll on all sectors.

“The City legal Office is looking into the legalities of the proposal because under the law, the ZCWD has the sole responsibility of providing potable water and not the local government unit,” Apolinario said.

The water firm’s fleet of water tankers is not enough to meet the growing demand for water particularly in hard hit areas.

For firefighting purposes, instead of using potable water, the city and the ZCWD are initiating ways to make use of the backwash water that will be stored at the city’s swimming pools, according to Apolinario.

He admitted that potable water is getting more inadequate, as the water rationing has been revised to every other day. “We are trying our best to help and assist the ZCWD and to help alleviate the plight of our residents.”

Vasquez hds earlier written Apolinario proposing various measures to help mitigate the widespread effects of the dry spell. — Sheila Covarrubias