Rains no effect on dam level, water rationing stays: ZCWD PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2016 11:56

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The heavy rains that swelled rivers over the weekend only temporarily increased the dam level to above normal but the level receded to below normal soon after.

As of noontime Sunday, the dam level was 74.15 meters, still below the normal level of 74.20 meters, according to the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

In terms of turbidity, the level is placed at 11.5 NTU (nephelometric turbidity unit) above the normal 5 NTU. Turbidity or malubog in the vernacular is the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye.

The ZCWD said the higher the turbidity of the water, the longer the time required to treat water to make it potable and ready for distribution.

ZCWD General Manager Chito Vasquez said the unstable level of the diversion dam in Pasonanca and other factors cause the water firm to continue implementation of the rationing schedule which is every other day.

The water district is continuously monitoring the dam level and will advise the public on any developments that may result to changes in the water rationing scheme being imposed at present.

Mayor Beng Climaco over the weekend intervened on behalf of the consumers due to mounting complaints ranging irregular water supply to no water supply despite the rains.

The ZCWD issued advisories to keep the people informed of developments during the weekend.

Nonetheless, FOR QUERIES AND COMPLAINTS, please contact ZCWD Customer Care Division 955-1007 to 1008 (Mon-Fri) 8am-5pm and WTP 991-1553 to 1554 loc 108 (Sat, Sun and holidays). — Sheila Covarrubias