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Some 62,000 Puerto Rico customers still without water service after Irma

By on September 11, 2017

SAN JUAN – Five days after the passage of Hurricane Irma over the northern coast of Puerto Rico, nearly 62,000 Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa) customers continue without water service, most of them (27,000 customers) live in the San Juan metropolitan area and the eastern part of the island (13,000 customers).

This means that after the historic weather phenomenon Prasa has managed to restore service to nearly 333,000 customers, said the executive of the public corporation, Elí Díaz Atienza, when arriving in La Fortaleza for a meeting with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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During the event, nearly 400,000 Prasa customers were left without water service, or 32% of the utility’s customers, but the public corporation has already restored service to 84.3% of those left without service.

The official explained that most of the problems Prasa faces in its plants have to do with energy, but acknowledged the work by the Electric Power Authority’s (Prepa) employees in restoring service throughout the island.

He said there are 90 water trucks—70 fixed and 20 mobile ones—available in the so-called oases to supply customers until service is reestablished.

(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In the San Juan area, the issue centers around three pumping stations; however, no island hospitals are affected.

Díaz Atienza would not provide a date by when service would be completely restored due to the difficulties that could be encountered, but assured that the utility “is getting close to operating normally.”

“This has been non-stop since Thursday,” said Prasa’s chief executive, who urged people to boil drinking water for at least five minutes to eliminate bacteria.

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