Dry spell affects dam levels
The dry spell affecting the Dominican Republic is keeping the water levels in the dams below their ideal mark, putting farm production, energy generation and water services for human consumption at risk. National Hydraulic Resources Institute (INDRHI) director Olgo Fernandez says that the drought has lasted for 16 weeks and is most severe in the south, but is also affecting the northwest, east and part of the central Cibao region.
He said the long duration of the drought has reduced many reservoirs to below their minimum levels. The official said that the dams at Sabaneta, Sabana Yegua and Moncion are at their minimum level.
Despite the situation, Fernandez said that they are expecting rainfall in May, which will improve the situation. Meanwhile, he said they are working to rationalize water use.
In Santo Domingo yesterday, Wednesday 29 April 2015, the Santo Domingo Water and Sewerage Corporation (CAASD) director general Alejandro Montas announced the extension of assistance and services and said that a contingency plan is being drawn up to deal with the current dry spell, which has reduced water flows by 50% to the aqueducts that supply drinking water to Greater Santo Domingo, as reported in Listin Diario.
April 30, 2015
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