A. Laws on the Proper Use of Booster Pump The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004/Sanitation Code of the Philippines Per standard r...

SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM ON THE PROPER USE OF BOOSTER PUMPS

A. Laws on the Proper Use of Booster Pump

The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004/Sanitation Code of the Philippines

Per standard regulation, the use of booster pump is actually an allowed practice for water service concessionaires in instances when it is installed in the proper manner. However, existing laws and policies have strictly prohibited the improper use thereof, wherein it is installed in such a way that it siphons off water directly from the water meter.  

Booster pumps that directly draws water from the pipelines (after the water meter) poses great health hazards to the community as the forceful flow of water could introduce harmful elements to the water supply system. The extremely vigorous flow of water often damage water meter mechanisms and in times of low water pressure, illegal use of booster pumps precludes other water concessionaires from obtaining adequate water flow from the distribution lines.

 As provided under Section 27 (0) of R.A. 9275, otherwise known as the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” “Directly using booster pumps in the distribution system or tampering with the water supply in such a way as to alter or impair the water quality” is a prohibited act.

Moreover, Section 13 (e) of Presidential Decree No. 856, otherwise known as the “Code of Sanitation in the Philippines” provides that “the installation of booster pump to boost water direct from the water distribution line of a water supply system, where low-water pressure prevails is prohibited.”


B. ZCWD Policy, Rules & Regulation

Board Resolution No. 171, Series of 2004

ZCWD Board Resolution No. 171, Series of 2004 had made it clear and explicit to prohibit the use or operation of booster pumps that draw directly from the water meter. 

Further, B.R. No. 171 mandates that water service accounts found to be illegally operating or using booster pumps shall be disconnected immediately without further notice.


Penalties

The following penalties are imposed for the illegal use of booster pumps (based on IRR of RA  8041):

         Classification of Account                                                        Amount

         Residential/Domestic/Government                           Php        6,350.00
         Semi-Commercial                                                                        8,850.00
         Commercial                                                                                 11,350.00


C. PROPER INSTALLATION OF BOOSTER PUMPS FOR WATER SERVICE CONNECTIONS

The use of booster pump may be allowed in instances where its installation is in conformity with the proper guidelines as set by existing laws and ZCWD policies, rules & regulation.

      Steps and Necessary  Equipment in the Proper Installation of Booster Pump:

       The use of booster pump should be in accord with the following guidelines:

  1. The booster pump should be installed after the water meter of the water service connection provided that a sump tank should be positioned before the booster pump.
  2. After the sump tank, an overhead tank is installed to act as reservoir of the water that is siphoned by the booster pump from the said sump tank. (Please see Schematic Diagram and/or illustrated guide in the proper installation of booster pumps pumps.) 
  3. The booster pump may also draw water from the sump tank towards lower level distribution system within the household or commercial establishment.


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I was walking the downtown streets some days ago, feeling a little bit restless for reasons unknown to me specifically, at least to the o...

What Is The Meaning of Life?

I was walking the downtown streets some days ago, feeling a little bit restless for reasons unknown to
me specifically, at least to the one or those that I could not pinpoint to with reasonable certainty. Perhaps this is one sort of a malady that I have read about once before in some old decrepit medical book stacked in my mother-in-laws deteriorating wooden cabinets, those that were partly eaten by termites, looking so fragile that a simple disturbance on it would let spew a handful of mashed-up and grounded wooden particles—which I find to be so repulsive knowing that they were the end results of some crawlers’ eating frenzy.

This malady is sometimes called depression or anxiety problems (they go by many names depending on the author of the medical book I read) and once in a while I retreat into this state and like water, I just have to let  go of it for I could not rein it in my hands—no matter what.

I passed by the new barbershop just in front of the old Ever theater—one that had seen better days—and I thought I might get my hair done. I stared at a glass partition from a nearby store and had an inkling that my hair wasn’t as disheveled as I thought it was. I even saw it to be fitting to me despite the general rugged look and I had thought then that moviestars have lengthy hairs even if they were males, having that blown away look. I was a little worried that if one sports a blown away and rugged crown of hair and at the same time not being a moviestar, one might be easily taken for a madman walking the streets at high noon. But that sidewalk mirror was good to me and I felt that my uncut hair would be fit for a star. Some mirrors are good to me ; mostly they are not—especially those in my bedroom.

So I passed with having a quick haircut that day and hoped that the blown away look would be fitting enough for me for quite a number of days more. I then strolled farther down the city sidewalks and came towards a crevice full of DVD stalls and I felt a little blown away after seeing so many titles available and on a dirt cheap prices at that, considering that for 80 bucks, one can get a DVD disc that contains 8 to 12 movies in it, and most of them were blockbusters and of very recent release. Some of them were not even shown yet here in local theaters. That’s how tempting it was for movie aficionados like me. I could not say now that I haven’t had scored myself some pirated items before (I had been smoking a brand of cigarette smuggled from Hongkong when I was in college) and of course, it would be unthinkable for me to not have seen a pirated movie before. I had of course.

But while I was glancing on stacks and stacks of DVD disks, my mind was swinging between the forthrightness of not buying a pirated item and having a devilish pleasure on filling my hunger for movies at throwaway prices. I could always remember that video clip that goes with every movie I rent from video stores and the loud, thundering reminder that says: “You Don’t Steal A Car! You Don’t Steal A House! You Don’t Steal A Movie!”, and somehow my inner conscience is disturbed by such that whenever that clip goes in every movie I rent, I wanted to shout at whoever that guy behind the thundering voice and belch, “Stop It! I Heard You. You Don’t Have To Remind Me That All The Time. You’re Not My Mother!”

My inner conscience had gotten the better of me that time so I just slowly walk away from stacks and stacks of salacious movies and guilty pleasures. I then remember that a new Video City branch had opened just a block away and I headed immediately towards it. The moment I had gazed through the available movie titles, I felt an immediate surge of gleefulness inside me since I hadn’t expected that the new video store could offer such voluminous number of titles, especially of recent ones. The video store where I usually get my dose of movies is so miserably lacking in inventory that I guess I won’t be visiting it from now on, except perhaps in some momentary lapse of reason in the future.

I felt like a child lost in a sea of movie titles and I almost picked up every disk that had caught my eye, until I reached the “Drama” section and there in front of me was a copy of Wong Kar Wai’s “2046” and I was excited to high heavens. It had been much talked about in the net world about how good it was and for a long time, I was trying to get my hand on a copy of it, and for a while there I thought I wouldn’t be able to see it for it would be unthinkable that it’d be exhibited in local theaters considering that it was released about three years ago. And I haven’t had seen any trace of it in every video rental store I went before.

I had anticipated this movie ever since I have grown a special fondness for oriental art films, especially those of the legendary filmmaker Zhang Zimou, whose film “Farewell To My Concubine” was so wonderfully entertaining and had primarily introduced me to other notable movies from China or Hongkong. Before that, ever since I was in high school, I had been delighted by the magic of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces like “Ran” and “Dreams”.

And so “2046” was about a writer who had become so engrossed about his own written piece that he saw himself being dragged into it, and feeling the pains and longings of the characters he had made himself. “2046” was a work about a train that once in a while travels towards the year “2046” and no one who goes there ever came back, except for one, the male protagonists. It is said that those who journey towards this strange destination are those who are longing for love, perhaps a kind that could not be found here at present, for how come they have to travel towards a point of no return just looking for it? What love is there out there that some have risk even their own mortal existence just to gain it? It was written by the writer that nobody actually knows how long for one to get to “2046”, for some it would be faster, but sometimes, to those unlucky travelers, it might take so long that they would start to lose their senses and sanity while inside the rain, having nothing to do except sit down and wait for the arrival time, one that is not definite and without any sign of coming. The main male protagonist in the novel had such kind of journey, one that was so lenthgy and seemingly unending that he fell in love with an android, an artificial human being stewarding the train.

The writer had his own life in the movie “2046”, a life lived sometime in the 1960’s where according to him “he just found himself to be in”. He earn his meals by writing columns and kung-fu stories for local dailies and billeted himself in a room with a door number that states “2046”. That was where he had sourced the title for his novel, a number which in his own mind had taken his fancy and unusual interest.

Along the way, he met a wife of another man named Bai Ling, who had runned away from her husband for having another woman and had rented a room just across his own. They slowly fell for each other and started a torrid affair filled with nights of passion and unhindered bliss. Until one day the woman asked him if ever he wanted to stick it out with him. But the writer wouldn’t agree to be exclusive to one single woman and stressed that he was seeing other women while he was having an affair with her. Bai Ling was furious and ended their relationship with tears flooding from her eyes and agitation painted all over her face.

They both started seeing other people and whenever they passed each other in public gatherings, they both pretend not to know each other and according to the writer, it was difficult to pretend and not notice her. It was clear that it was more difficult for Bai Ling to pretend and it showed so much in the utter sadness that found harbor in her teary eyes.

Six years later, the writer was in a relationship with a woman that had a similar name to a woman he had an affair so many years ago. It wasn’t Bai Ling, but another one who had resembled Bai Ling’s general appearance, a circumstance that had led me to ponder whether or not Bai Ling and Su Lizhen was one and the same person. The new woman eventually left the writer for some undeclared reason for she said, “she just have to go away”.

And inside a car—drunken and weary—the writer finally realized that he is starting to lose ‘the meaning of life’. He was thinking to himself and thought that six years ago, he had a chance to find the meaning of life when the beautiful Bai Ling offered herself to be his long time partner. But he had other ideas and now regretted it.

He met Bai Ling for one more time but the feeling was never the same again and it had seemed that in the end, he had entirely lose grasp on what in his mind was “the meaning of life”.

The movie “2046” eventually ignited in me the question about life and its meaning. I try to see myself in the writer’s own predicaments and evaluate if I had what he call as “the meaning of life”. Have I lost it? Or I am living it? Or perhaps, the meaning is just not clear at all.

One way or another, we all are trapped within the world we now dwell, sometimes embroiled in raucous routine everyday conducts, sometimes just swaying to where the wind blows, and often forgetting that at the end of the day, we might not be able to entirely grasp the so-called “meaning of life”. What’s in store for me when I grow old? Where am I heading? Am I happy or am I miserable?

Am I that sort of individual who would jump into a train and head to “2046”?

These are just questions and I hope that this momentary bout with depression would vanish like thin air. And then I’ll have in my full grasp the so-called “meaning of life” by then. Whatever that means.

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In 1995, the Ramos government passed the National Water Crisis Act of 1995 (RA 8041) to respond to an impending nationwide water crisis. ...

FORMS OF ILLEGAL WATER SERVICE CONNECTIONS

In 1995, the Ramos government passed the National Water Crisis Act of 1995 (RA 8041) to respond to an impending nationwide water crisis. This law states the need for water utility in the the government to adopt urgent and effective measures to address the nationwide water crisis which adversely affects the health and well-being of the population, food production and industrialization process.

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), as a government water utility, is presently involved in a massive campaign to put a stop and eradicate all forms of illegalities relating to water service connections. Under Republic Act No. 8041, otherwise known as the “National Water Crisis Act of 1995”, several acts relating to water service connection are considered illegal acts that are punishable by fines and imprisonment.

These acts mainly involve direct tapping to water mains and tampering of water meters to include several other specific violations. Section 8 of R.A. 8041 provides that the following acts are considered illegal water service connections, to wit:


  1. DIRECT TAPPING OF PIPELINE/UNAUTHORIZED REOPENING OF CLOSED/ABANDONED WATER SERVICE CONNECTION - is the tapping at ZCWD pipeline without its consent or the unauthorized reopening of closed water service brought about by the non-payment of water bill/bills. This is often done by inserting garden hoses or pipes between the ZCWD main source and the customer’s distribution pipe in order to illegally draw water.
  2. DOUBLE TAPPING - refers to two or more service connections of a single dwelling/building separately tapped to ZCWD main source, one or all of which is not connected to the water meter.

  3. BYPASS CONNECTION - refers to two or more service connections of a single dwelling/building separately tapped to water mains of the water/sewer utility concerned, one or all of which is not connected to the water meter.
  4. TAMPERING OF WATER METER - refers to the insertion of wire, stick, coconut midrib, etc, or attachment of magnet to the water meter, shortening of vane wheel and the detachment of the water meter registry dials/mechanisms and meter seals in order to suppress/slow down the rotation of the meter vane or any other intentional act which may result to under registration or stoppage of the meter.
  5. REVERSED WATER METER - is the deliberate reversing of the water meter in order to alter and reduce the registration of the water consumption.
  6. ILLEGAL DISMOUNTING OF WATER METER – is the deliberate removal of water meter from the angle meter valve in order to draw water directly from the water service connection.
  7. ILLEGAL USE OF BOOSTER PUMP - is the use of pump that draws water directly from the water meter (without passing through sump tank) thus affecting the water pressure as well as the quality of water.  Illegal use of booster pump usually contaminates ZCWD water.


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By Benjamin A. Buenaflor & Yusop B. Masdal, ZCWD Legal Department Campaign Against Illegal Water Service Connections The Zamboanga ...

WHAT ARE ILLEGAL WATER SERVICE CONNECTIONS?

By Benjamin A. Buenaflor & Yusop B. Masdal, ZCWD Legal Department

Campaign Against Illegal Water Service Connections

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is presently involved in a massive campaign to put a stop and eradicate all forms of illegalities relating to water service connections. Under Republic Act No. 8041, otherwise known as the “National Water Crisis Act of 1995”, several acts relating to water service connection are considered illegal acts that are punishable by fines and imprisonment.

These acts mainly involve direct tapping to water mains and tampering of water meters to include specific violations termed as:

1) Unauthorized Re-Opening of Closed/Abandoned Water Service Connection
2) Direct Tapping
3) By Pass Connections
4) Tampering of Water Meter
5) Reversing of Water Meter
6) Illegal Dismounting of Water Meter
7) Illegal Use of Booster Pump

Illegal water service connections contribute to non-revenue water (NRW), water that is wasted away thru unrepaired leakages in the distribution lines as well as thru the pilfering of water meters.

In these circumstances, the viability of ZCWD is highly jeopardized, which in the end, would seriously affect the service that we provide our concessionaires and the public in general.

Furthermore, illegal water connections jeopardies water supply in general and bring great inconvenience to the community, where their prevalence resulting to low water pressure immediate vicinities. Also, these illegal connections pose health hazards in the form of contamination in the supply of water.

Considering the foregoing, the ZCWD is seeking the support of Barangays throughout the city, to be vigilant against illegal water connections and to report such incidence to our Office.  With the help of the community and the public in general, our drive against the widespread problem of illegal water connection may be successfully accomplished. B. Forms of Illegal Water Service Connections

For your information, instances of illegal water connections are the following:

  1. Direct Tapping of Pipeline or the Unauthorized Re-Opening of Closed/Abandoned Water Service Connection is the tapping at ZCWD pipeline without its consent or the unauthorized reopening of a closed water service connection brought about by the non-payment of water bills.
  2. Tampering of Water Meter is a form of illegal connection wherein the perpetrators tampers their water meter in order to reduce its registration of their consumption.
  3. By-Pass Connection is a form of illegal connection that is usually done to draw water in a way that the water meter is bypassed.
  4. Reversed Water Meter is the deliberate reversing of water meter in order to alter and reduce registration of water consumption.
  5. Illegal Dismounting of Water Meter is the deliberate removal of water meter from the angle meter valve in order to draw water directly from the water service connection; and
  6. Illegal Use of Booster Pump is the use of pump that draws water directly from the water meter (without sump tank) thus affecting the water pressure as well as the quality of water.  Illegal use of booster pump usually contaminates ZCWD water.
Penalties/Fines

Republic Act No. 8041 provides that all forms of illegal water connections are punishable by imprisonment from six (6) months to two (2) years with a fine not exceeding double the amount of the value of water stolen or the value of the damaged facilities.

Moreover, it is also the policy of the ZCWD to collect from customers the value of broken or lost water meter; hence customers are advised to help the District address this form of pilferages by installing protective grills/boxes at their water meters or by checking out its condition every now and then.

Presently, the ZCWD allows compromise settlement of illegal connection cases by allowing the violators to pay the corresponding penalties as well as other administrative charges, without reaching the courts of law.

The penalties range from Php 1,000.00 to as high as Php 1,000,000.00 depending on type, extent and duration of the violation, the computation of which are based on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of R.A. 8041.

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