The president of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), Doriel Pagán Crespo, today issued an administrative order to regulate the use of drinking water for certain activities during the term of the state of emergency due to drought, subject to fines that range from between $ 250 and $ 5,000.
Administrative Order 2020-02 – which provides penalties for residential, commercial, government or industrial customers – aims to prohibit waste of water, extend the life of supplies and ensure availability of drinking water to attend to the emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before issuing the fines, the AAA will be guiding citizens within a period of 15 days, understood from July 1 to July 15. After this date, beginning July 16, individuals are exposed to a first-instance residential fine of $ 250, $ 1,000 in a second incident, and $ 2,500 in a third or subsequent incidents.
For clients commercial or government, the fine in the first incident will be $ 1,000, $ 2,000 in a second incident and $ 3,500 in the third and subsequent ones. On the other hand, for industrialists, the fines would be $ 2,500 (first incidence), $ 3,500 (second incidence) and $ 4,500 (third or subsequent).
The document indicates that watering plants is prohibited, gardens, plantings, cemeteries, golf courses with sprinklers, hose and any other irrigation system from 8:00 am at 6:00 in the afternoon. In addition, it will be considered a violation if the water that is used substantially wets impervious surfaces or that gain access to storm sewers. The agency clarified that nurseries are excluded.
It is also prohibited to hose or pressure equipment impervious surfaces such as squares, sidewalks, canopies, parking areas, common areas of condos and guesthouses, secreens, windows, walls, ceilings , tiles, pool bottoms, tennis courts and other similar structures.
Wash cars, motorcycles, trucks, among other vehicles, with hose or similar devices or where the water used for said purposes is not recycled and recycled as well It's forbidden. But the washing of medical emergency equipment or emergency response that require having levels of cleanliness for the effective provision of their tasks, heavy equipment and practices that conserve water and prevent its waste will be excluded from this provision.
The order also provides that it is prohibited to operate or fill water sources, ponds or any other decorative structure that does not recirculate the water. Neither will it be possible to fill swimming pools, jacuzzis, maintain cisterns or tanks if it does not entail discarding more than 15% of the stored water without reusing it.
Use water for recreational purposes such as: playing with water, sticking the hose, between others are also prohibited. Having leaks or any defect in the plumbing system of installations that produces leaks of drinking water and that can be determined with the naked eye without taking the measures to repair them and / or run the water indiscriminately is also prohibited.  Municipalities affected by the order
This order applies to the municipalities of Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Cidra , Coamo, Comerío, Corozal, Culebras, Guánica, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Lajas, Las Piedras, Loíza, Maricao, Maunabo, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Peñuelas, Ponce, Río Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San Germán and San Juan.
It also applies to the municipalities of San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Vieques, Villalba, Yauco and Yabucoa.