City braces for more severe water shortage PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:58

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) forecast on Monday a tougher month ahead as water production drops by 50%.

In his update to the regular press briefing Monday morning, ZCWD Assistant General Manager for Operations Engr. Alejo Rojas revealed that water production is down from a normal production of 90,000 cubic meters to only 44,600 cubic meters per day as of Sunday midnight.

“This coming April will be the hardest month…we are expecting the worse this April. We are trying to brace ourselves to meet our obligations,” said Rojas.

Rojas said the ZCWD will be procuring and possibly renting water tankers to ensure continuous delivery of water to severely affected areas. Additionally, the ZCWD will be talking with barangay leaders to put up elevated tanks in identified areas.

Additionally, the ZCWD team yesterday convened with Mayor Beng Climaco and other local officials for a series of meetings to discuss solutions and measures to address water shortage issues and to cushion its impact to residents and commercial industries.

The continued water shortage has had a severe impact on various sectors in the City, especially the health and agri-fisheries sectors.

The agri-fisheries sector has reported a P24 million value loss and around 1,200 farmers affected.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the City is mobilizing its resources to provide immediate support and assistance such as drilling activities, distribution of water tanks, and rice assistance, to farmers and partners affected by the drought.— Jasmine Mohammadsali