March 5, 2021

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Most of the reservoirs on the island continue to decline due to lack of rain

The Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA) reported on Tuesday that nine of the 11 reservoirs on the island had a decrease in their level from yesterday to today.

Most of the reservoirs that have its committed supplies are in the eastern area, where abundant rain has not been received in the past weeks.

Regarding the rain activity, the meteorologist of the National Weather Service Fernanda Ramos pointed out to El Nuevo Día that from today to Friday there will be precipitation, but there is much uncertainty about the possibility that part of these downpours will benefit, for example, the Carraízo reservoir.

“Today we will be observing rains due to the combination of a weak tropical wave and a trough at high levels, but although the Carraízo basin could receive rains, these downpours will be temporary because the wind blows fast and therefore they should not generate large accumula ations "explained the expert.

He anticipated that between tomorrow, Wednesday, Friday another tropical wave will approach, but it is also not possible to anticipate, for sure, what the impact of the humidity brought by the disturbance will be on most of the reservoirs in the eastern and eastern-inland areas.

The range of decline in reservoir levels fluctuated from one centimeter to 3.38 meters of water. This last descent corresponds to the Cerrillos reservoir, which serves the municipalities of Ponce and Peñuelas, whose level is in the observation phase.

The reservoirs in the worst state are Carraízo (37.21 meters), which is one centimeter from entering the level control and Cidra (401.02 meters) which is two centimeters from entering a level of operational adjustments.

For Carraízo, a service interruption plan has already been announced that will begin this Thursday for periods of 24 hours, for more than 140,000 subscribers between the towns of San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Carolina and Canóvanas. Meanwhile, the rest of the reservoirs remain under AAA supervision and with internal operational adjustments that do not affect the water service.

The only reservoir that increased its level was Guajataca, which accumulates 193.66 meters and could reach today at the level of safety, as long as it receives a good amount of water due to the rains that were forecast for this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Caonillas reservoir, in Utuado, did not increase or decrease in level, therefore it remains at 251.80 meters. This reservoir does not supply any AAA subscriber, but its waters are used for the production of electrical energy at the Caonillas I Power Plant and then go to Dos Bocas Lake, according to the public corporation.

The rest of the reservoirs in Observation level are Patillas, Toa Vaca and Carite that today accumulate 61.77, 147.54 and 541.82 meters, respectively.

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