Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:00
Water level at the diversion weir remained below normal level this week even as ZCWD officials maintained operations at its production plant remained normal.
Engr. EfrenSalvacion, in charge of water production at the operations department said the present level of 74.10 meters (as of yesterday March 01, 2017) and the current stream flow of Tumaga River is enough to sustain water production at normal level in its Pasonanca Filtration plants.
Normal water elevation level is at 74.20 meters, he added.
Engr. Salvacion disclosed while intermittent rains have boosted water levels overnight, heavy use of water plus the intense heat of late as summer season advances have caused water levels to drop down fast.
Engr. Salvacionsaid the water situation this year to date is better than what it was last year (an El Niño Year) where the district had already resorted to water rationing to conserve water then.
Engr. Salvacion expressed high hopes, the water supply picture will improve soon as water from the west coast plant of Prime Water is expected to enter the system by end of the first quarter.
Earlier Technical Services Group Acting Assistant General Manager Engr. Marli de Fiesta reported injection points 7 and 8 are set to be operational by end of February 2017.
This will enable the district to pipe down water all the way to the areas of Baliwasan, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Calarian, Suterville, and San Jose CawaCawa.
This Engr. de Fiesta added will free more water currently supplied by the district to be diverted elsewhere it is needed.
The rest of the 23-kilometer pipeline is now undergoing hydro testing and stress test analysis prior to its commissioning.
Target date for completion, Engr. de Fiesta added is end of the first quarter of this year, where water from the 50 MLD (millionliter per day) plant in Pamucutan can now be fully flowed into the entire district’s system.
ZCWD will be getting an initial delivery of 30 MLD from Prime Water once everything has been put into operation, de Fiesta added.
Meanwhile, calls for water conservation and prudent use of water are being asked of water consumers by the top district officialdom.
While more and more areas of the city are reportedly enjoying improved water supply, the more people must be reminded to use water wisely, Operations Assistant General Manager Engr. AlejoS. Rojas Jr. disclosed.
Engr. Rojas reiterated the calls on reporting to the district incidents of leaks and pipeline breaks in their respective areas.
Improving water pressure in some areas have reportedly resulted in pipeline breaks resulting in water leaks.
The operations chief added, the district is fielding more repair crews to attend reports of pipeline leaks.
Water lost in pipeline leaks go to waste and affects the ability of the district to supply water to its consumers 24 hours a day, Engr. Rojas added.
We are reminding consumers to conserve and use water wisely. To report or for any concern please call ZCWD Customer Care Division 955 – 1007 to 1008; WTP 991 – 1553 loc. 100 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM or visit our web page @ https://www.zcwd.gov.ph or FB page @https://www.facebook.com/ZamboangaCityWaterDistrict for updates. (EdBaños – CREAS Chief ZCWD)
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