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Water from CAASD treatment plants is contaminated

SD. An analysis of the water, carried out directly in three of the four treatment plants that the government uses to purify the water sent to more than two million residents of the National District and the province of Santo Domingo showed worrisome results of contamination. On several occasions there has been talk of the low quality with which the water reaches the homes. Many attributed this to cracks in the pipes, but they never made mention of the water being treated in their treatment facilities.

In the samples there was a presence of total coli forms (fecal material), streptococci, pseudomonas, cytrobacter freundi, and enterobacter spp, all bacteria capable of causing gastro-intestinal illnesses, diarrheas, conjunctivitis, otitis, tonsillitis, dental abscesses, meningitis in newborns, and problems during pregnancy in the woman, caused by genital-urinary diseases.

Some of these bacteria, such as streptococci, can also cause complicated diseases of the skin, such as the case of “piodermatitis, which is an infection which if not treated can harm the heart and kidneys,” according to the dermatologist Sonica Then.

These are diseases and illnesses that, according to the expert, can also end in lesions and generate severe necrosis.

In the Haina-Manoguayabo treatment plant, located in West Santo Domingo, the sample was taken in the pumping station; in La Isabela, where deterioration was noted, the sample was taken from a spigot that the Santo Domingo Water and Sewer Corporation (CAASD) has for this purpose; while in Valdesia, it was obtained at the chlorine dosification point. The latter sample gave evidence of total coliforms, but in very small volume (10ĘŚ2), which is worrisome since in order to be drinkable should be zero. All the samples were taken in the presence and with the permission of government authorities.

In a first visit by the Diario Libre to the Haina-Manoguayabo treatment plant, a sample was taken from the washbasin in the bathroom, which was as dirty as the source of the water: the River Haina,

“In this sample we found fungi, yeast, total coliforms that are indicators of fecal contamination, bacilli, streptococci, pseudomonas, proteus, cytrobacter, and klebsiella,” said Dr. Frank Reyes, from the Franja Laboratories, where all of the tests on the water were carried out. This laboratory, certified by ISO9002, is based on the Israeli, European and American norms, and uses Israeli technology, since it is a representative of HyLaboratories of Israel.

But the most alarming thing is that just in this treatment plant, they produce 90 million gallons of water a day, which are sent to areas as important as the university, which is frequented by thousands of students each day, and not counting the people who reside in the area. In order to have an idea, the student population just in the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, to date, is 171,705 students, of which 94,964 go at least once a week to the central campus, located in this area of Santo Domingo.

Here, the same day that the treatment plant in question was visited, a sample was taken of the water sent to this sector. A sealed container was used and the water was taken before it reached the cistern, in order to insure that it was free of contamination from storage. The results show a high degree of contamination which coincides with the bacteria found in the samples taken at the plant that day.

What could be happening?

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