ZCWD optimistic water level will normalize PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:52

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

The water situation in Zamboanga City is now normal and if the city continues to experience rain, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) may be able to store enough water to supply its consumers.

“Right now, our water situation is normal. Our stream is flowing back to its normal level although some days  it (level) is still decreasing,” ZCWD production manager Engr Bong Reyes told members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall last Monday.

“We still experience rains, we would be able to have enough water supply,” he said. However, the ZCWD official also expressed concern that the rains may also pose a problem to the water supply. “Floods resulting from the continuous rains is affecting our water production,” he shared. “Our production is a little bit decreased due to the backwashing of the filters.”

If the city experiences 3 to 4 days of continuous flood, according to Reyes, its reservoir level decreases in such a way that some areas, especially the furthermost point and the elevated areas, would no longer get 24-hour water service.

Despite this, he remains hopeful that the district would be able to cover up with their deficiency.

The ZCWD official also assures that the district have lined up various programs to solve the water problem in the city.

In particular, the district is hopeful that the commissioning of the bulk water supply will push through soon. “We are just waiting for the commissioning of the bulk water supply because right now, our water supply could not meet our demands. Our first project is the bulk water supply which will be commissioned in late August or early September,” Reyes told reporters.

In addition, the district has also completed its study for the impounding dam that will guarantee our water supply will deplete during dry season.

The Zamboanga City Water District currently maintains 56,000 connections of which some 54,000 are active. — Claudine Uniana