ZCWD may put back water rationing step PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:14

With the dam level continuously receding, Zamboanga City Water District will likely re-impose water rationing this week.

As  of  July  10,  3 p.m.,  the  dam  level dropped  and  stood  at  74.06  meters, way below  the normal level of 74.20  necessary to attain  water  production levels  enough to  sustain the water demand of the city without rationing.

The last time that a normal level was attained was last July 1, 11 a.m. from which the dam level steadily decreased to the 74.06.  There has been little to no rain experienced at the watershed area to increase the dam level.

With the onset of the 2016 rainy season driven by the monsoon or “habagat” between late  May and June, the dam level slowly stabilized to normal and a steady rise in ZCWD daily production  level  was  experienced.  ZCWD management last July 4 ( not July 8 as earlier reported) officially lifted  the water rationing. However, due to the absence of rain for several days after water rationing was lifted, the ZCWD production department stopped its operation of the old reservoir due to little water passing thru the 24” valve and the channel no longer supplies water as of 12 midnight  of July 10 for processing.

According  to  PAGASA’s  projections,  below-normal  to  way-below-normal  rainfall conditions are expected over Luzon and Visayas while significant portions of Mindanao are expected to have near-normal to above rainfall conditions towards the second half of the year. The same didn’t materialize for the City.

ZCWD is continually monitoring the situation and will announce within the week if water  rationing will be re-imposed and the rationing schedule that will be in effect.

In case water rationing will be re-imposed, ZCWD strongly urge the public to store water properly to avoid contamination and continue to practice good hygiene and sanitation to minimize health hazards.

ZCWD still urges the public to help conserve water and immediately report leaks, illegal use of booster pumps and illegal water connections.  To report or for any concern please call ZCWD Customer Care Division 955 – 1007 to 1008; WTP 991 – 1553 to 1554 loc. 108 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or visit our web page @ https://www.zcwd.gov.ph or FB