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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Water rationing now down to 8 hours
By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) - - Due to the continuous drop in the water inflow to the system that led to reduced water production, the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has cut back by four hours water rationing to households in the city.

Effective January 27, water rationing will be sheared down to 8 hours from its present 12 hours. This drastic cut back move is due to the continuous drop of water inflow, which is pegged at 74.04 meters. Normal water level is 74.20 meters.

ZCWD imposed water rationing this January 6, and barely three weeks after, the water district issued a new rationing schedule.

The prevailing El NiƱo weather phenomenon is prime culprit to the desiccating water level as the city is highly dependent on rainfall. The city has not had any major rainfall the past few months on which the rivers and tributaries are heavily dependent on for replenishment.

The city gets 80 percent of its water supply from surface water via the Tumaga River making it vulnerable to elements such as extreme hot conditions currently experienced in the city which is expected to persist until June as per advisory from the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration(PAGASA).

ZCWD Officer-in-charge and Operations AGM Alejo Rojas Jr. said  “ the current situation makes it imperative for Zamboanga City Water District to seek coordinative assistance from other concerned agencies to immediately work on mitigating measures to soften the impact of the prevailing weather condition.”

The water district is set to meet with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to discuss immediate measures to arrest this concern on dwindling water supply.