21,000 Prasa Clients Remain Without Water Service
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa) informed Saturday afternoon that roughly 21,000 of its clients, or 1.6 percent of its subscribers, remain without water service, having restored service to almost 30,000 clients within the last six hours.
Prasa executive president Alberto Lázaro Castro said that as electric energy service continues its reestablishment, the installations that were held back resumed operations, thus achieving the system recovery process, especially pumping and tank stations.
In the western region, the Montaña filtration plant is working at medium capacity due to mechanical problems. Subscribers served by this plant are currently in service recovery process, which is expected to be completed tomorrow morning.
Residents from the high parts of Añasco, Mayagüez, and Maricao are facing the same situation. Those three municipalities are expected to have their service restored this evening.
The remaining affected are in the metropolitan region is barrio Guaragao in Guaynabo, which is served by the pumping station López Cases 3. “Being one of the highest zones in the system, it is still in a recovery stage. For its part, in the southern region there are 2,490 clients without service, in Guánica, Orocovis, Juana Díaz, Guayama, and Maunabo municipalities,” explained the official.
Meanwhile, the Eastern region continues its recovery in Yabucoa, Río Grande, Juncos, Humacao, Caguas, Cidra, and San Lorenzo.
Lázaro Castro added that in the northern zone the Arecibo Urbano filtration plant recently initiated its recovery, while Morovis Sur, Lares Espino, Manatí’s Coto Sur system, Contorno, and Toa Alta’s El Winche continue their reestablishment.
“We have faced other situations that have affected reestablishment, such as the case of the Santa Isabel plant and Utuado’s Inidera Alta, which are inoperative due to dam problems, and the Quebrada plant in Camuy, which was affected by a fault in its six-inch diameter tube in the PR-129,” he observed.
The installations’ recovery must begin with the pumping process toward the filtration plants to start the water treatment process, and then fill tanks, tubes, and count on sufficient suction for the pumping systems to begin their operation.
This exercise can take between four and six hours, depending on the systems’ complexity, prior to initiating distribution to households.