Water! Print
Friday, 20 October 2017 13:49

By Liza Jocson

Despite heavy rains that poured into the city, thousands of Zamboanga residents have been clamoring for water due to a limited supply in their households.

Starting yesterday, the Zamboanga City Water District has started to implement a rationing scheme to distribute the limited supply to all the affected consumers.

The limited supply of water has been traced to a stoppage of production by Primewater, a major supplier of water in the city.

Baños said that at least one third of ZCWD’s 58,000 active connections, most of which are located in the west coast,  have been affected by the stoppage in production.

With the Primewater problem, Pasonanca has resumed providing water to affected west coast residents, thus affecting the supply to east and central consumers.

Aside from this however, heavy rainfall has caused soil erosions which also affected the supply of treated water to consumers.

Despite an above normal level of water recorded on the Pasonanca dam, water distributed to consumers has been limited due to a turbidity problem.

ZCWD officials held an emergency meeting last Tuesday to attend to the water problem.

Among the measures implemented to attend to the water supply problem are the recommissioning of idle production wells and sending water tankers to conduct water injection operations in affected areas.

Meanwhile, Baños said that the rationing scheme being currently implemented will be in place until Primewater has normalized its operations.  (Liza Jocson)