ZCWD set to end water rationing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:12

s By R.G. ANTONET GO

An official of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has announced that the water firm is now ready to lift the water rationing scheme as rains are coming in regularly  making the water level at the ZCWD’s diversion dam within normal level and stable.

“We will be recommending to the management today (Monday) for the lifting of the rationing schedule. Because we think that there is already enough water in the stream and it will be announced anytime when management will approve our recommendation,” said ZCWD department manager for production, Engr. Teotimo C. Reyes Jr. in an interview.

Reyes said as early as Monday, the ZCWD has already implemented the no-water rationing however, the office did not lift the water rationing schedule yet because they are still uncertain of the condition of the stream flow.

A total of 54,000 water concessioners were affected by the water rationing brought about by the long dry spell which started January 8, 2016. Hard hit were barangays Mampang, Talon Talon, and Upper Calarian.

At present, the water level at the ZCWD’s diversion dam is at 74.20 meters higher that during the El Niñoperiod  when went down to as low as 73.83 meters. Water production during normal days is at 107,000 cubic meters per day while during the dry spell it went down to 60 to 70,000 cubic meters, the reason for the water rationing scheme.

The city had experienced El Niño which resulted to water rationing in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015, and 2016.

Despite the lifting of water rationing, the ZCWD is still encouraging water conservation and using water wisely.

Reyes sees the construction of an impounding dam as the only solution for the city to avoid water rationing.

“We are planning to construct an impounding facility. I think that’s the only solution because by impounding the water during rainy season we will solve the problem during dry season,” he said.

On the problem of water turbidity which may arise during rainy season, Reyes assured of enough chemicals to solve the problem as the ZCWD has a chemical storage building where they store the coagulants in preparation for incoming flood.

During treatment of water, aluminum sulfate and folly aluminum chloride is being mixed to clean the water aside from the usual filtration and chlorination.

Turbidity meter is being used to measure the turbidity of water. Because of the turbidity of water production is also affected. — R.G. A A. Go