Zamboanga Water District readies P636 M projects for 2013

March 28, 2013 10:22 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 28 — The Zamboanga City Water District has approved a total P636 million for two major water projects in this city for the current year.

In addition to these projects for this year, the water district also plans to spend from P600 to P800 million for a water treatment facility with the capacity of 50,000 cubic liters per day by 2014.

The water district,- the oldest water district in Mindanao,- services about 50,000 water connection in 56 of the city’s 98 barangays.

It does not have any big impounding dam but diverts water from the Pasonanca River at the watershed direct to the water treatment plant at Pasonanca park for distribution to water consumers in the city.

ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez said the projects for this year include the continuing rehabilitation and replacement of old lines worth P500 million.

The water district will also bid out the construction of a filtration facility for the old water treatment plant at water district complex at Pasonanca Park that will cost some P136 million.

The bidding for this project will be made by the second or third quarter of this year.

On the replacement of pipes, the General Manager said they will replace about 82 kilometers length of old pipes installed in the water system since over a century ago.

The ZCWD office will have to replace pipes installed in 1911, 1940, 1925, 1933, and those of late 1965 or 48 years ago.

Replacement of these pipes that started last year have reached only from 7% to 8% percent.

The original water system in Zamboanga City was built by the United States colonial government in 1911 for the purpose of serving the needs of US forces in the city at the time.

It consisted of an intake box, a grit removal basin, a three- kilometer reinforced concrete aqueduct, a reservoir and a distribution system. This was expanded in 1930.

Zamboanga City took over the management of the water system in 1948.

The water system was subsequently named as the Zamboanga City Waterworks and Sewerage System.

The city government, through a P2-million financing loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines, funded the repair and improvement of the water system.

In September 1973, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree 198 otherwise known as the Provincial Water Utilities Act of 1973.

This Act authorized the formation of water districts to operate local waterworks system.

Consequently, the Zamboanga City Water District was created pursuant to Resolution No. 446 (amended by Resolution No. 77, dated March 6, 1974) that was passed by the Zamboanga City Council on November 8, 1973.

The Zamboanga City Water District took over the operation of the Zamboanga Waterworks and Sewerage System on April 1, 1974.

On current developments, Vasquez said that for the year 2014 to 2015, the office plans to develop a water treatment facility with the capacity of 50,000 cubic liters per day worth P600 to P800 million.

According to Vasquez, Prime Water Incorporated has submitted a proposal to the ZCWD about a proposed water treatment plant at barangay San Ramon about 25 kms west of the city proper.

The 25-km coastline to San Ramon is heavily populated and is the home of the city’s 12 sardines factories, ice plants, a ship repair facility, military camps, beach resorts and coconut oil mills.

There is also a similar proposal for a water treatment plant in the east coast of the city to be finished by the year 2020 although the place has not been identified.

There are big rivers in the east coast of the city that can be tapped for the city’s water supply.

To facilitate delivery of water, the water district has also purchased several generating sets for its 24 deep production wells to augment water coming from the watershed. (PNA)

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