PrimeWater set to operate last quarter of this year PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:49

By EDGAR BAÑOS

The city’s water supply situation is expected to get a big boost as PrimeWater is set to operate Pamucutan Water Treatment Plant by the last quarter of this year.

A top Zamboanga City Water District official announced that the 50MLD (million liters per day) will supply an initial output of 30MLD to ZCWD once it is commissioned.

ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez said the much awaited water treatment plant operation will principally service the west coast area of the city by the tail end of this year.

The operation of the plant was earlier scheduled for August to September but was moved to a later date due to ‘road right of way’ issues encountered by the pipe laying contractor.

Vasquez further added the operation of the Pamucutan Water Treatment Plant will enable the district to divert water it supplies to the west coast to its other service areas.

This will increase capacity and improve pressure leading to the possibility of better water service to the city’s east coast and the central district.

Built at a cost of close to a billion pesos, the bulk water supply project is a joint venture between Zamboanga City Water District and the Villar group’s PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation.

It was started last 2014, and was completed and inaugurated July 28 of this year.

It will principally tap into the Pamucutan river system, after a thorough study indicated the river could sustain water flow for processing by the plant.

The 32-kilometer distribution pipeline is separately undertaken by ESTI, a private contractor engaged by the district.

This is a commitment of the ZCWD to seek ways of improving water security for the city, Vasquez added.

A similar plant with the same capacity is being planned for the city’s east by the year 2022.

It will address the growing demand of potable, clean and safe water by the city’s populace, topping over 1 million at the present time. — Ed Baños CREAS ZCWD