P30-B impounding dam to be realized soon Print
Saturday, 10 June 2017 16:15

A much awaited P30-billion impounding dam project will soon be realized in Zamboanga to address the continuous need for water in the city.

A P4-million pre-feasibility study was funded by the USAID under the BeSecure program and was implemented by the Royal Haskoning DHV, a an independent engineering and project management consultancy firm based in the Netherlands.

The pre-feasibility study, started June 13, 2016, covered 13 critical activities ranging from the project’s site selection to cost estimation.

On November of the same year, the USAID BeSecure submitted the pre-feasibility report to the local government of Zamboanga city, First District Congressman Celso Lobregat and the House of Representatives, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA.)

The completion of the pre-feasibility study signals the start of the next phase of the project, the P175-million feasibility study.

A bidding will soon be conducted to qualify parties that will undertake feasibility study phase of the project.

Meanwhile, Congressman Lobregat, who chairs the Congressional Committee on Public Works and Highways, filed House Resolution No.10 to urge the NEDA to support the impounding dam program and include it in the priority project listing of the national government.

Michael Angelo M. Carbon, ZCWD Corporate Plan Division Manager, said that the Gravity Concrete Dam has a capacity of 332 million liters per day and can store 64 million cubic meters of water.  It can operate from 40 to 50 years.

Carbon said that it is important that the dam project be realised to prepare the city for the harsh effects of the El Niño phenomenon and climate change.  (RGAAGo)