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Sectors of Canóvanas, Loíza put on water rationing

Drinking water rationing in sectors of Canóvanas and Loíza began Monday.

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Metropolitan Region Director Roberto Martínez Toledo announced that the levels in the raw water intakes of the Canóvanas and Canovanillas rivers have dropped considerably due to the lack of precipitation, so that the plants do not receive enough flow to cover all the production necessary to distribute to all the clients served by the Canóvanas Filtration Plant.

Therefore, several sectors of the municipalities of Canóvanas and Loíza have begun a plan of scheduled 8-hour interruptions in drinking water service.

“It is important to call the public’s attention to the prudent use of water during the opening and reestablishment of the service, while the distribution system is filled,” Martínez Toledo said. “The established interruption schedule is an initial one and will depend on the weather conditions and the consumption of subscribers as factors to be extended. Likewise, we note that the high and distant parts of the system are the last to recover drinking water service.”

Canóvanas residents who began a service interruption plan on Monday from 9 p.m. until 5 the following morning are: residents of the Canóvanas urban district, the River Garden, River Plantation, Estancias del Río urbanizations, and the San Isidro and Palmarejo neighborhoods, as well as customers near PR-188, PR-3, highway 9959, the Canóvanas Outlet shopping center and surrounding areas.

Similarly, residents of Loíza will be affected, with the exception of the Piñones area, which is served by the Sergio Cuevas Filter Plant distribution system.

The PRASA official reminded customers that in case of turbidity when service is restored, it is recommended to boil the water for three minutes prior to consumption.

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