City to have P200M worth of pumping station next year PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 September 2017 15:36

By RG ANTONET GO

The city will have a multi-million pumping station by next year  to effectively address flooding in low-lying areas of the city  proper during heavy rains.

The said project is worth P200 million, and is now under  feasibility study. It will be implemented by the Department of  Public Works and Highways by the early part of 2018.

Marie Angelique Go, city administrator, said in an interview that  the pumping station will cover areas from Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), Veterans Avenue, to Southern City  Colleges (SCC), and Pilar Street.

The pumping station is a facility which houses pumps and  equipments for pumping fluid from one place to another.

The city administrator explained that the pumping station is a long term solution to address the flooding in downtown areas while the short term solution includes constant cleaning of the drainage and canal system.

She said that the City Engineer’s Office is the one in charge for the conduct of regular cleaning and de-clogging of the drainage.

Meanwhile the city administrator believed that the acquisition of pumping station must also be coupled with strict implementation of zoning and regulatory measures to address the issue of flooding.

She added that the central business district must also be decentralized. “We should decentralize the central business district because the water carrying capacity has already been maximized,” Go said.

It can be noted that last Sunday low-lying areas in the city proper such as Pilar Street, Governor Lim Avenue, Nuñez, and Veterans Avenue were heavily flooded after the city experienced  heavy downpour.  (R.G. A A. Go)