Zambo braces for more blackouts, water rationing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:20

The city will have to prepare itself for more frequent rotational blackouts as the Mindanao power grid struggles to cope with the limited power supply.

This asthe Zamboanga City Water District is set to impose water rationing starting Thursday due to the dry spell that is fast drying up the Tumaga river.

This was revealed by Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) General Manager George Ledesma during a press briefing held Monday, March 3 at the City Hall Press Room.

According to Ledesma, the current power demand of the City is 80 megawatts (MW), but to date, it is only receiving 63 MW from different power suppliers, resulting in rotational 6-8 hour power interruptions.

The cooperative is exploring measures to augment the power deficit by acquiring additional power from suppliers, and the possible acquisition of 16 MW modular generator sets.

In the meantime, Ledesma asked Zamboanguenos to be “responsible consumers” and help conserve energy by reducing the number of appliances plugged in during evening hours as demand for power is very high during the night.

For questions and concerns, consumers may call ZAMCELCO hotlines 993 – 2875 or 991 – 2117. Schedules of power interruptions are also available at www.zamcelco.gov.ph.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will also impose water rationing throughout the City, as rivers begin to dry with the advent of summer, causing water supply to drop down to critical levels.

Rationing hours will be observed for barangays in the West and East coast. Barangays in the central area will continue to have 24-hour  water service as of this writing, but will experience rationing when water supply levels continue to drop down.

A final schedule for the water rationing is set to be released by the ZCWD this week.

Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated the appeal of both ZAMCELCO and ZCWD for consumers to do their part in conserving power and water.

“It is a reality [power and water shortages] of any growing City,” said Climaco, noting that the shortages are also challenges brought about by climate change.

“Ayuda quita conserva electricidad y agua,” she added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali