Cibao Central Aqueduct has reached the end of its service life
SANTIAGO. The Cibao Central Aqueduct, the principle source of water supply for Santiago and other towns in the region, reaches the end of its service live at the end of this month. This is beginning to be reflected in the deficit of drinking water throughout the province in recent days. The project, inaugurated by President Joaquin Balaguer on 30 April 1994 was built for a service life of 20 years
The director of operations for the Santiago Water and Sewer Corporation (Coraasan), Hector Jaquez, reported that in order to recover the infrastructure of the various aqueduct systems in the province, they would need an investment of RD$1.0 billion for new aqueducts, since the current systems have reached their life expectancy.
The engineering professional noted that just in the recovery of the installations of these systems they could guarantee and optimum and efficient water supply service to the inhabitants of all of the municipalities and the province of Santiago.
Jaquez issued these statements during a tour of the installations of the water treatment plants of the Cibao Central Aqueduct system,
He said that just Coraasan needed some RD$400 million to repair and recover its network of supply, and of this amount some RD$140 million would be used in the Nibaje plant.
And for the repairs and reconditioning of the Navarette aqueduct, they would need RD$200 million; for the one in Janico, RD$100 million; San Jose de las Matas RD$25 million and for the one in Sabana Iglesia, RD$50 million.
Over the past few years, the lack of water in Santiago has become worse as the local population grows and the aqueduct systems are over-extended.
There are continuing protests because of a lack of water in many populated sectors such as the South part of the city of Santiago, Puñal, Matanzas, Gurabo, Cienfuegos, La Cienega, and along the Santiago-Navarrete Joaquin Balaguer Highway.
At the present time the population served approaches 900,000 persons in the municipalities of Santiago, Licey, Tamboril and Puñal, without considering the floating population, estimated at 200,000 persons.
According to information from Coraasan, the general supply system operates with a deficit between production and demand for water which goes from 20% to 30%, depending on the time of year.
Although there are sectors that have a stable supply of water, there are frequent suspensions of the supply in order to be able to supply other sectors, which provokes serious problems for the families that live in the province who are calling for a solution to the problem.
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