ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The city government will hold a water and electricity summit to address the public’s mounting pleas for action on the current water shortage and rotational blackouts in this city.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the summit, to be held on March 26, aims to inform all stakeholders about this city’s short, medium and long-term plans to mitigate the effects of El Niño on water and power supplies.
Salazar said that based on government data, the city has a population of more than 861,799 as of the 2015 census--but only half or about 415,000 are served by the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).
The city’s average water consumption is 94 million liters daily (MLD), of which 64 MLD are taken from different water sources such as deep wells, and from Tumaga and Anuling rivers.
“This is a challenge for Zamboanga. Being a progressive city with increased water usage means an increase in demand for water,” she said, adding that a resident in this city needs at least 180 liters of water a day compared to the 210 liters a person needs daily in Manila.
The city has been placed under a state of calamity brought about by the prolonged drought spawned by the “El Niño” weather phenomenon.
The ZCWD is implementing a rationing scheme to be able to provide potable water while the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) is imposing a two-hour rotational blackout daily. (PNA)