THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in collaboration with the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), provided drinking water to communities affected by the El Niño phenomenon in Zamboanga City.
The PRC Zamboanga City also mobilized WASH [water, sanitation and health] personnel for water production and distribution and likewise trained additional personnel to operate the WASH resources in the communities.
“Providing clean water for those who need it is one of the life-saving services that the Red Cross provides. The PRC, through our Zamboanga City chapter, has provided a water tanker and mobile water treatment to the local government of Zamboanga City to provide water to the communities that are currently experiencing low or no water supply because of El Niño,” PRC chairman Richard Gordon said.
The water treatment unit produces 22,000 liters of water daily, of which 10,000 liters are distributed by Red Cross and ZCWD tankers to some six villages in the city.
Aside from the water tanker and mobile water treatment, the PRC also provided an additional water tanker from Tandag, Surigao del Sur to augment the existing water service of ZCWD.
Zamboanga City has a population of more than 807,000, of which 20 percent (about 160,000) are experiencing low water pressure because of the drought.