Water rationing resumes in Canóvanas, Loíza, Río Grande
By The Star Staff
Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán Crespo on Tuesday announced the resumption of water rationing for customers in Canóvanas, Loíza and Río Grande.
“After this weekend of low rainfall, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 22, we will once again activate the scheduled outage plans for the Canóvanas and El Yunque filtration plants (FP) in Río Grande,” Pagán Crespo said in a written statement. “For clients in Loíza and Canóvanas, we will maintain the same plan 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. While on Saturdays and Sundays they will have service from 8:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon. For the clients in Río Grande, [rationing] remains in its established eight-hour interruption schedule from 9:00 at night to 5:00 in the morning.”
The facilities that are to be kept under observation in the Eastern Region are: Humacao FP (serving Las Piedras and Humacao), Aibonito Urbano FP, Juncos Urbano FP, Jagual FP in San Lorenzo and Barranquitas Urbano FP.
In PRASA’s Northern Region, the plants that are under observation are: 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 are added: Guamá in San Germán and Montaña in Aguadilla. In the Southern Region, Ruccio in Peñuelas is also included under the observation line.
“The Drought Monitor report from last Thursday, June 16, reported that 91.96 percent of the island continues to be affected by atypical drought conditions and another 67.32 percent of moderate drought for the western zone. Also included was a 1.32 percent severe drought for towns in the eastern zone,” the PRASA chief said. “We continue to observe daily water supplies and hydrographic basins to establish work plans that will help us manage this dry period effectively and minimize the effect on our clients.”
Pagán Crespo reiterated the call for water conservation and, in turn, highlighted PRASA’s efforts to mitigate the situation, such as, for example, the repair of leaks throughout the island. The official once again shared with the public the following measures for responsible water use to help conserve water during the dry period:
* Avoid washing vehicles, boats, motorboats, etc. with a hose or similar devices or where the water used for such a purpose is not recirculated and recycled.
* Avoid watering plants, gardens, crops, cemeteries, golf courses, etc. with sprinklers, hoses and any other irrigation system from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Avoid filling swimming pools, fountains, ponds, hot tubs, etc.
* Avoid washing impervious surfaces with a hose or pressure equipment, such as plazas, sidewalks, canopies, parking areas, common areas of condominiums and inns, screens, windows, walls, ceilings, swimming pools, tiles, courtyards, and decks of swimming pools and other similar structures.
* Avoid recreational use of water, such as games, slides, etc.
* Avoid providing maintenance to cisterns or tanks if this entails discarding more than 15% of the stored water without reusing it.
* Avoid having leaks or any defect in the plumbing system of facilities that produce leaks of drinking water.
“We invite you to stay informed through our social networks of acueductospr,” Pagán Crespo said. “On a daily basis, we share recommendations and valuable information on drinking water conservation and service.”