Carraízo water level continues to drop; two other plants under observation

By John McPhaul

Water rationing in the eastern area of the island seems inevitable. Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán said Monday that the level of the Carraízo reservoir continues to drop, while authorities believe two other plants in the eastern part of the island could face a rationing plan.

“The Carraízo reservoir continues its descent,” Pagán said in a radio interview. “From yesterday [Sunday] to today [Mon- day] it had a decrease of 12 to 13 centi- meters. It is at 37.86 meters.”

She noted that when it reached 37.2 meters, the reservoir would enter its control level. The necessary decisions will be made at today’s weekly interagency meeting.

“We know that there are many variables at the moment impacting our service,” Pagán said. “This situation with Saharan dust, heat, temperature, consumption. …

We have many variables that are affecting our operation, so we always ask for the help of clients with the proper use of water.”

Pagán added that PRASA staff are di- rectly observing two other plants that are supplied by rivers -- the Espino Filtration Plant in San Lorenzo and the Humacao Filtration Plant, which supplies Las Piedras -- as the levels could change from one day to the next.

“These are the two plants … if there is not a change in the next few days, they will also be considered for a service interruption plan,” she said.

The PRASA chief pointed out, mean- while, that a service interruption plan was established for subscribers who use the San Lorenzo Jagual filtration plant. It started at 8 a.m. Monday and will be for periods of 24 hours for the Nuevas Parcelas, Viejas Parcelas, Capilla, Melilla and Cantera sec- tors. About 2,000 clients would be affected by this plan. Previously, PRASA established rationing plans for the Canóvanas, Loíza and Río Grande sectors.