Water service to return in island west after line repair
By John McPhaul
The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) said Tuesday that although the repair work on ruptured raw water line that supplies the Miradero filtration plant in Mayagüez was completed, customers from several sectors of the island’s western region will continue to be without drinking water service until “the system gradually recovers.”
“The work was completed successfully this morning,” said engineer Eric Rosa Lugo, the executive director of PRASA’s western region. “We are now waiting for the recovery of the drinking water service for the sectors that were affected by this failure.”
The customers affected since last Friday are the residents of Mayagüez’s Sabanetas, Maní, Algarrobo, Miradero, Leguísamo, Río Cañas Arriba and Río Cañas Abajo, Sábalos, Guanajibo, Río Hondo, Quebrada Grande and Mayagüez Arriba neighborhoods. Likewise, the Hoya Grande and Valle Hermoso neighborhoods in Hormigueros; Plan Bonito and Cerrillos, in Cabo Rojo; Calvache, Atalaya and Barrero in Rincón; and Playa, Caguabo, Hatillo, La Choza, Piñales, Salto, Quebrada Larga and Caracol, in Añasco.
The engineer said the operation of the Miradero filter plant and the distribution of water would begin to the lower parts on Tuesday, and gradually to the higher or more distant sectors that depend on pumps.
As a mitigation measure, water stations continue to operate in Mayagüez (Recreation and Sports Palace, Isidoro García Park, in front of the Maní field); Añasco (Barrio Playa, PR 109 Casey bridge, PR 405 entrance Urb. Vista del Río, PR 402 in front of the Valeriana school); Hormigueros (in front of the Urb. Valle Hermoso Sur court); and i Cabo Rojo (next to the Cerrillos community field).
The Miradero filter plant in Mayagüez was out of operation due to the breakage of a 36-inch-in-diameter line that transports raw water from the Río Grande de Añasco to the raw water pumping station and finally to the filtration plant.