ZCWD warns vs illegal use of booster pump PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:03

One of the reasons pressure targets are hard to achieve is the widespread use of illegal booster pumps; the illegal use of pumps deflate system pressure thus depriving others of sufficient water and unfair advantage in the water distribution.

Making matter worse, these pumps can draw harmful elements into the pipes thus contaminating water quality.

The Zamboanga City Water District through its Legal Department is intensifying its campaign on the proper use of booster pumps in the water service connections of its customers. Generally, use of booster pumps are prohibited, however it may be installed  following the proper plumbing installation as provided by ZCWD policy and the provisions of laws.

ZCWD policy requires that water from the customer’s water service connection should first be collected (free flow) in a sump tank or cistern. After which the booster pump will be used in drawing water from the sump tank for storage in an overhead tank or distribution in the water system of the customer. A complying booster pump will syphon water from the sump tank or cistern and not directly from the water meter of the customer.

Illegal connection of booster pumps poses great health hazards to the community thus, jeopardizing water quality and service of ZCWD.

As provided under Section 27(o) of R.A. 9275, otherwise known as the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” “Directly using booster pumps in the distribution system or tampering with the water supply in such a way as to alter or impair the water quality” is a prohibited act.

Moreover, Section 13 (e) of Presidential Degree No. 856, otherwise known as the “Code of Sanitation in the Philippines” provides that “the installation of booster pump to booster water direct from the water distribution line of a water supply system, where low-water pressure prevails is prohibited.”

ZCWD thru Board Resolution No. 171, series of 2004 had made it clear and explicit to prohibit the use or operation of booster pumps that draw directly from the water meter.

Further, B.R. No. 171 mandates that water service accounts found to be illegally operating or using booster pump shall be disconnected immediately without further notice.

The following penalties are imposed for illegal use of booster pumps:

a. Php 6,350.00 for customers under Residential Classification

b. Php 8,850.00 for customers under Semi-commercial Classification

c. Php 11,350.00 for customers under Commercial Classification

From January – April 2016, ZCWD charged 40 customers for illegal use of booster pumps.

Thru its campaign, ZCWD is urging the public to report suspected illegal use of booster pumps or any forms of illegal water service connections to ZCWD Legal Department (991-1556 loc. 8104) or Customer Care Division (955-1007 to 1008) or WTP (991-1553 to 1554 loc. 108) Mon-Fri 8AM to 5PM and WTP (Whole day, Saturdays, Sundays & holidays).

(Raul Ruben Rivera, Jr. SCRO, CREAS)