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Puerto Rico gov’t says over 3,000 employees working on power grid recovery

By on November 22, 2017

SAN JUAN – The secretary of Public Affairs and Public Policy, Ramón Rosario, said Wednesday that more than 3,300 people were working on the recovery of Puerto Rico’s electric grid, including Electric Power Authority (Prepa), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and its contractors’ crews.

“This work has allowed us to stabilize about 50 percent of the generation and achieve our highest point since the hurricane, 51.4 percent generation. The goal of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares is still to have 95 percent for December and therefore we are requiring additional efforts from Prepa and the Corps of Engineers,” the secretary said in a written statement.

He mentioned that, according to Prepa, work continues on the critical power lines, which include the 230-kilovolt (kV) line 50900 from Aguirre to Aguas Buenas, which is 75 percent connected.

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He also said a 15 percent connection was reported for 230 kV line 50700 from Guayama to Yabucoa, as well as 65 percent for 115 kV line 36200 from Villa Betina to Juncos.

“These lines are essential to give greater stability to the energy transmission system and to bring electricity to all of Puerto Rico. We hope that line 50900, according to what Prepa told us, is ready to be energized over the weekend. In addition, the installation of a tower is finishing in Jájome, which we hope will be energized to increase transmission and further stabilize the system to continue connecting customers,” the secretary said.

In addition, Prepa reported that partial connections were made Tuesday in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Cabo Rojo, Cataño, Corozal, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Lares, Las Marías, Manatí, Mayagüez, Moca, Peñuelas, Ponce, San Germán, San Sebastián and Vega Baja.

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The Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa), meanwhile, reported that 1,162,307 customers now have water service, or 89.74 percent.

Some of the most significant advances include the restoration of service to 5,062 customers in Carolina, 791 in San Juan (EB Montehiedra), 1,345 in Arecibo, 1,152 in Dorado, 6,224 in Juncos, 5,819 in Caguas, 4,172 in Gurabo and 817 in Humacao.

The public corporation also reported service reductions in some municipalities in the northern region, which include Camuy (-720), Ciales (-1,239), Corozal (-3,683), Hatillo (-3,305), Lares (-502), Manatí (-537), Morovis (-3.029) and Utuado (-3,029). In the rest of the regions, the lack of service was due to problems with electric generators, turbidity in the water and untreated water.

In summary, 98% of customers in the metropolitan reportedly have service restored, 79% in the north, 87% in the west 91% in the south and 87% in the east.

Regarding telecommunications, 75.5 percent of customers have cellular service and 1,771 antennas are working.

Reportedly 1,434 evacuees remain in 46 shelters.

Federal agencies have installed 667 electric generators. In addition, 8,495,631 gallons of fuel, 8,158,813 gallons of potable water, 44,213,016 liters of bottled water and 34,937,795 meals have been distributed so far.

También se han entregado 96,083 toldos y se han instalado 11,455 comparte del programa Techo Azul.

Also, 96,083 roofing tarps have been delivered, with 11,455 of them installed as part of the Blue Roof program.

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