Ponce – As an additional measure to minimize the entry of manganese to the Coto Laurel de Ponce filter plant, operational adjustments are being carried out today to supply said facilities with raw water from the Cerrillos reservoir, reported the deputy director of the southern region. from the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), engineer Bruce León Ng.
“During the past few days, we have spared no effort to control the levels of manganese entering the Coto Laurel filter plant through the raw waters from the Toa Vaca reservoir. However, we have made the decision to transfer its supply source and supply it with water from the Cerrillos reservoir, ”said the official.
Since the manganese event began, as a mitigation measure, agency personnel have remained in the areas that have reported changes in the color and odor of the water, carrying out the drainage process in the lines, by opening hydrants.
León Ng, informed that while the work is completed and the systems stabilize, the customers that are supplied by the Coto Laurel filter plant could continue to experience changes in the color and odor of the water.
“We are aware of the concern and discomfort of our clients when encountering this situation. It is important to emphasize that it is not a water quality issue. Manganese is a mineral that occurs naturally in bodies of water and can cause color and odor. However, it does not represent a health risk ”, emphasized the regional deputy director.