BY: JUSEPH ELAS
Eng. Alfonso, head of the ZCWD technical service group briefed the media about
the water rationing that wil be a response to the water shortage in the city.
On a press conference Monday, March 03, Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) Eng. Arnulfo Alfonso, head of the technical services group, said that they are going to implement water rationing at the end of the week as a response to the water shortage in the city.
“However, the water shortage is not yet very critical. Nevertheless, we have prepared rationing because some areas will be already experiencing low water pressure,” said Eng. Alfonso during the recent regular press conference of Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.
Eng. Alfonso said that ZCWD is dividing their service into three areas: (1) East Coast Area, which comprises of Brgy. Tumaga, Guiwan, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Talon-Talon, Mampang, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo, Sta. Catalina, Casanyangan, Veterans Ave., Lunzuran and Luyahan; (2) West Coast Area, which covers Brgy. Cabatangan, San Roque, San Jose Gusu, Campo Islam, Calarian, Malagutay, Sinunuc, and Napolcom Road to Carmen Valley area and (3) Central Area, which is composed of Brgy. Pasonanca, Sta. Maria, Canelar, Zone 1, 2, 3 and 4, Brgy. Baliwasan, Brgy. San Jose Cawa-Cawa, Brgy. Sto. Nino, and Brgy. Camino Nuevo.
Areas in the East Coast will have water supply from 7 P.M. up to 5 A.M.; areas in the west coast will have water supply from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M., while the central area will continue to have water supply for 24 hours but under low pressure, according to Eng. Alfonso.
The ZCWD prepared two schemes in implementing the water rationing. According to Eng. Alfonso, the first scheme is to have water rationing in the east and west coast areas only. “If the problem aggravates, we will be implementing the water rationing wherein the central area will be included.”
Eng. Alfonso hopes that the situation will not worsen so that they will not have to consider involving all those three areas in the water-rationing scheme the ZCWD prepared.
While the schedule is still in initial stage, Eng. Alfonso promised to have the schedules (once it’s done) of the water-rationing published in local newspapers for the public to be aware.
On the other hand, the United Nations-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) made a plea to Eng. Alfonso if they can spare the areas where the Internally Displaced Individuals (IDPs) are located from the water rationing, as this will be another problem for them.
As a response, Eng. Alfonso said that they would try to adjust with the IDPs’ situation. However if they can’t due to the aggravation of the water shortage, the ZCWD have no choice but to include the area where the IDPs are located. Nevertheless, they will still address the need for water of the IDPs by delivering water [supply] to them.