ZCWD extends service hours, but nixes lifting of ration sked PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:48

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Due to rains last week, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) reported a significant increase in the stream flow in its water source causing the firm to extend service hours over the weekend.

However, ZCWD Production Department Manager Engr. Teotimo Reyes said the situation remains uncertain and the lifting of the rationing scheme is still farfetched.

“We have extended time of water service though we can’t still lift the rationing schedule. As of today our dam level is 74.04m and we still hope that rains will [continue] to come,” Reyes said during the Monday press briefing in City Hall.

From April 1-25, the ZCWD has recorded a total of 11 days of rains but no significant increase in the stream flow was noticed, except last Thursday and Friday (April 21 and 22) when rain poured in the whole watershed area.

Reyes said it is a relief that rains came even if the city is experiencing drought as the weather bureau expects rains to start in the month of May.

On the other hand, the ZCWD official revealed that due to 24/7 operation, only 6 out of the 9 fleet of delivery trucks are in operation at present. The increase in water production at the dam is a welcome reprieve as it reduces the need for delivery in service areas, Reyes added. — Sheila Covarrubias