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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ZCWD: Water rationing likely to be re-imposed this week

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will likely to re-impose the water rationing this week after the continuous receding of water level in the Pasonanca diversion dam.

The water utility recorded a drop of the dam level to 74.06 meters as of 3pm on July 10, way below the normal level of 74.20 meters needed water production level to sustain the water demand of the city without rationing.

According to the data of ZCWD, it was on July 1 at 11am that a normal dam level was last recorded before it steadily decreased. There has been little to no rain experienced at the watershed area recently to increase the dam level.

ZCWD management had lifted the water rationing last July 4 since the dam level had slowly stabilized due to the constant rain in the months of May to June brought about by the Southwest Monsoon or “Habagat.”

However, the production department has stopped its operation of the old reservoir because of insufficient water passing through the 24” valve and the channel no longer supplies water as of 12MN of July 10 for processing.

Based from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) projections, Luzon and Visayas will experience below-normal to way-below-normal rainfall conditions while significant portions of Mindanao are expected to have near-normal to above rainfall conditions towards the second half of the year. But this was not felt in the city.

ZCWD is continually monitoring the situation and will announce within the week if water rationing will be re-imposed and the rationing schedule that will be in effect.

In case the water rationing will be re-imposed, ZCWD strongly urges the public to store water properly to avoid contamination and continue to practice good hygiene and sanitation to minimize health hazards.

To report any violation or for any concern, please call ZCWD Customer Care Division @ 955 – 1007 to 1008; WTP 991 – 1553 to 1554 loc. 108 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Customers may also visit the ZCWD’s website at and FB page at for updates.