ZCWD: Water level yet to stabilize PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:40

The continuous absence of strong rainfall in the city especially in the watershed area for the month of July resulted to an erratic movement of the water level at the Pasonanca intake.

Assistant General Manager for Operations, Engr. Alejo S. Rojas Jr. informed the Community Relations and External Affairs Section that ZCWD Dam level as of 9:00AM of August 13, 2016 (Saturday) is at CRITICAL LEVEL of 74.08m which is way below the normal level of 74.20m.

The water level is a key barometer in determining whether ZCWD is getting adequate raw water inflow to process for close to fifty seven thousand (57,000) customers in Zamboanga City.

Water level will take time to normalize due to the intense dry up brought about by El Niño in which considered by PAGASA as one of the most damaging to hit the country in recent years.

Former Department Manager for Production, Engr. Teotimo C. Reyes Jr. emphasized that the revitalization of the city’s aquifers will take time as both surface and underground water sources have considerably dried up due to the effects of El Niño. An indication that water level has normalize is when run off water is created when heavy downpour occurs, he then added.

Heavy usage of water and excessive drawing of water from aquifers during the past months of El Niño have rendered these water sources dry requiring longer period of time to replenish thus we have not yet achieve a stable water level at source despite the rains.

In a comparative report from Engr. Valerie Gay F. Gutierrez, Department Manager for Environment & Watershed, rainfall data in May 2016 was 13.38mm. This figure decreased to 12.71mm for the month of June. It further dropped to just 8.13mm in July of the same year compared to 11.8mm in 2015.

As of 3:00PM of August 15, 2016, water level is still at 74.08m. The district is closely monitoring and assessing the situation in view of the possibility of resuming water rationing in the city following the previous schedule of every other day. The district still urges the public to conserve water and report any leakages, illegal connections and used of booster pumps. — Darwisa B. SalipAkarab – PRO CREAS ZCWD