Water rationing up in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 March) – In addition to 4-hour daily rotational blackouts, residents will have to deal with water rationing due to decreasing supply from the source.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes Jr., Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) production head, announced Monday they have decided to implement rationing so that everybody can have water at least 10 to 12 hours a day.

Reyes said the water elevation at the ZCWD’s diversion dam stood at 74.10 meters or lower by .10-meter than the normal level.

He said the ZCWD management has decided to impose rationing after implementing pressure management for the past few days.

The pressure management scheme will allow water to build up on off-peak hours and help keep water in the pipelines at all times.

“We have tried few days ago some pressure management but unfortunately the flow of our river, which is the main source of our water supply, is still decreasing and the trend still continue,” Reyes said.

He said they have divided ZCWD’s pipeline network into three areas–west, central and east–with corresponding schedules of water rationing.

He, however, said the water rationing will initially cover the west and east areas.

The rationing is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the west area’s nine barangays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the east area’s 11 barangay.

Reyes said the rationing starts on Tuesday evening (March 3) and will remain in effect until the water level returns to normal.

He said the residents in the central or downtown area will continue to enjoy uninterrupted water supply although they will experience low pressure.

He said the barangays supplied by the ZCWD production wells and spring sources will not be affected by the water rationing.

The ZCWD has over 54,000 active water concessionaires at present, he said.

“We will continue to update the water concessionaires if there will be changes in schedule as there will be some adjustments when the rationing starts,” he added. (MindaNews)