As part of the protocol for preventive discharges in the face of tropical storm Laura, the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA) maintains an open gate at the La Plata and Carraízo dams, while there are about 13,700 customers without service, of of which 11,000 are due to lack of electricity, reported today the president of the AAA, Doriel Pagán, in an interview with EL VOCERO.
“We keep a floodgate open in Carraízo. We call it the mini gate and in La Plata we also have an open gate. The management of these gates fluctuates in proportion to the runoff that we are receiving in the reservoir. Precisely now runoff is increasing in La Plata and since yesterday we have maintained an open gate in both reservoirs, "said Pagán.
He also mentioned that there are several generators operating in some filter beds throughout of the island. "With these generators we are covering approximately 100,000 clients with service with these generators operating," he said.
But why are not these generators used to also supply the demand of subscribers without the service at this time? . “These 11,000 clients are located or practically located in the metro region (Bayamón, Guaynabo and San Juan). The generators that we have have already been rented or purchased for the facilities where we locate them. So these facilities, as I have said before, not all of our facilities have generators ”, he said.
Therefore, the generators are strategically located to be able to cover the main operating units, which are filter plants, dams and even tanks. intermediate. "So, in the case of that area, which is basically the metro region, they don't have generators in the area," added Pagán.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported in its 5:00 pm newsletter that Tropical Storm Laura is moving west at about 18 miles per hour and with winds of 50 miles per hour. The system is located near latitude 18.0 north, longitude 68.1 west and is about 100 miles from Ponce.
“We have already begun to receive the floods due to the heavy rains that we have been receiving in some of the rivers that supply our filter plants and this will cause the dragging of debris and more, that the intakes of the plants are obstructed and because the level of the rivers is high we have to wait for this level to drop and be safe to proceed with the cleaning tasks with our staff ”, Pagán mentioned.
In fact, he said that the AAA has personnel activated in the filtration plants, sewer plants, so as soon as the environment is safe, they will proceed with the cleaning work immediately.