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PRASA steps up monitoring as drought conditions continue

The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority is keeping a close eye on water filtration plants in the various regions of the island as drought conditions persist.

By The Star Staff

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo said Thursday that the public corporation is monitoring water systems and evaluating water rationing due to low rainfall.

“The report issued by the Drought Monitor today, on June 23, reports that 91.96 percent of the island continues to be affected by atypical drought conditions and another 68.03 percent of moderate drought for the north and south,” she said. “In addition, an 8.33 percent severe drought was included for towns in the eastern zone. We continue to observe daily water supplies and hydrographic basins to maintain work plans that will help us manage this dry period effectively and minimize the effect on our clients.”

The engineer highlighted that “the scheduled rationing plans for water filtration plants in Canóvanas, El Yunque in Río Grande and Juncos Urbano are maintained.”

For clients in Loíza and Canóvanas, the same plan continues from Monday to Friday from 5:00 in the morning to 2:00 in the afternoon with service and from 2:00 in the afternoon to 5:00 in the morning without service,” she said. “During Saturdays and Sundays, service will be from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon. For the residents of Río Grande, Juncos and part of Las Piedras, the plan maintains its established eight-hour interruption schedule from 9:00 at night to 5:00 in the morning.”

“Likewise, due to the decrease in the raw waters of the Guzmán Arriba filtration plant located in Río Grande, the water rationing plan for periods of 24 hours will be implemented,” the PRASA chief noted. “The service interruption will begin at 9:00 in the morning with the Peniel and Palma Sola sectors in Canóvanas followed by customers residing in the Guzmán Arriba sector in Río Grande.”

The water filtration facilities being kept under observation in PRASA’s Eastern Region are Humacao (serving Las Piedras and Humacao), Aibonito Urbano, Juncos Urbano, Jagual in San Lorenzo, Gurabo, Espino in San Lorenzo, Minillas in Aguas Buenas, Caguas Sur, El Duque in Naguabo and Barranquitas Urbano.

In the Northern Region, the plants that are under observation include Cedro Arriba (serves Corozal, Naranjito and Barranquitas), Sabana Grande in Utuado and Morovis Urbana. Similarly, in the Metro Region, the facilities under observation include Cubuy in Canóvanas. In the Western Region, the following filtration plants are under observation: Guamá in San Germán and Montaña in Aguadilla.

Ruccio in Peñuelas was added to the observation list for the Southern Region.

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