July 29, 2021

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The Carraízo reservoir escapes a drop in its level for the first time in two weeks

The Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA) reported today, Thursday, that the Carraízo reservoir rose one centimeter of water in its level, making it the first increase recorded in this body of water in about two weeks.

The report of the public corporation for today establishes that Carraízo today has 37.63 meters of water that keeps it at the level of operations adjustments and only 43 centimeters close to the control level. [19659003] The meteorologist of the National Meteorological Service Gabriel Lojero pointed out that the rains that developed yesterday on the towns of the eastern interior allowed the reservoir to receive some runoff that inhibited the drop in its level, which for the past few days It fluctuated between eight to 13 centimeters of water.

“We had some rains, albeit brief, but which generated enough water so that the reservoir remained almost at the same level as yesterday and that is fa vorable, because tomorrow will be a crucial day with the arrival of a tropical wave, "said the expert in an interview with El Nuevo Día .

At the same time, he made it clear that the effect that It will have the disturbance over the local area, because there is still a lot of uncertainty due to strong winds that could quickly move the tropical wave. However, he said that the models anticipate rainy days over the eastern and eastern inland areas where the Carraízo reservoir basin is located.

“It is very important that it rain enough tomorrow, otherwise Carraízo will have a complicated scenario, because By Saturday the weather conditions will become dry and should continue this way next week. "anticipated Lojero.

The Carraízo reservoir is the one with the worst condition compared to the rest of the 10 reservoirs on the island. According to the president of the AAA, Doriel Pagán Crespo, the constant drop in the level of this reservoir is due to the absence of rain and the consumption of water service by subscribers, which has increased during this summer season, Despite warnings.

The official established yesterday, in an interview with El Nuevo Día that the public corporation will wait for the tropical wave to pass and know the effect it had on the reservoir and then determine which ones will be the measures that will be taken to extend the life of the body of water.

For two months, the AAA has taken measures to avoid an interruption in service, among which are the transfer of subscribers to the Superduct, the activation of wells and guidance on the responsible use of water, through social networks.

If an interruption plan for the Carraízo reservoir comes into effect, some 180,000 subscribers would be affected among the towns of S an Juan, Trujillo Alto, Carolina, Canóvanas and Gurabo.

In addition, five of the rest of the 10 reservoirs on the island remain at the observation level: Cidra, Patillas, Toa Vaca, Carite and Guajataca.

The AAA reported that the Cidra reservoir today has 401.16 meters of water, which places it 16 centimeters from entering the category of operational adjustments. Meanwhile, the Patillas reservoir is 61.90 meters, Toca Vaca has 147.63, Carite 541.90 and Guajataca 193.61 meters of water.

Likewise, some five AAA distribution plants, which are supplied by rivers in the eastern area and which serve About 100,000 subscribers among six towns are also under observation due to a decrease in the flow rates of the raw waters of the rivers.

Currently, the public corporation has implemented an eight-hour service interruption plan at the plant. for distribution of Canóvanas, the El Yunque filter plant and the Guzmán Arriba filter plant, in Río Grande. Meanwhile, the distribution plant in the Jagual neighborhood in San Lorenzo has a 24-hour interruption plan.

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