Dominican Republic’s worst drought in 15 years
Santo Domingo.- The extreme nationwide drought from a months-long lack of rainfall have parched the rivers basins that feed the dams whose conditions are so critical that authorities on Wednesday announced emergency measures, restricting the use of water for irrigation to ensure supplies to aqueducts.
In a meeting of the heads of the various agencies grouped in the National Water Observatory, dams and canals agency (INDRHI) director Olgo Fernandez called the situation of the reservoirs cause for concern as water volumes are at the lowest of the past 15 years.
He said the dams at Jigüey and Valdesia that supply the aqueducts of Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal and Baní operate in critical conditions, forcing the rationing of water for irrigation.
Santo Domingo Water Utility (CAASD) director Alejandro Montas said the country’s current deficit of 75 million gallon in domestic water production –from the normal 400 million to 325 million gallons daily- makes it an emergency situation.
“The drought affecting the country is worrisome and the water left in the dams should be used for human consumption,” Montas said
July 23, 2015
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