|Havana City Tries to Palliate Drought Effects
2012.04.20 - 14:41:47 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- The Cuban National Institute of Water Resources (INRH by its Spanish acronym) has set up emergency plans to try to palliate the effects of a lasting drought over the 2.5 million people Havana city.
The measures include the digging of new deeper wells, besides transferring water from different reservoirs to those close to the city, and repairing over-used pipelines to avoid leakage.
According to sources at the INRH the city aqueduct is made up by five main distribution systems, 13 main sources and 165 pumping stations that deliver over 1.5 million cubic meters a day into the city.
INRH investment specialist Ernesto Duarte told the press that they are working on 18 projects as part of the rehabilitation plan. Up to today they have laid down over 10 kilometers of main pipelines and other 15 of aqueduct lines, which is more than projected, he said.
The largest works are the Paso Seco, Tarará, Santa María del Rosario and Roble-Hata main lines, the Clavel and Montoro ones, that will benefit the areas surrounding Old Havana that nowadays receive water by truck.
Another official at INRH Jorge Kalaf Maluf told ACN news agency that before the end of the year they will finish the assembling and automation of a chloride plant. He also stressed on the need to continue working on the elimination of leaks, which causes that about 50 percent of the water pumped into the city don’t reach its destination.