Work is being done to mitigate the impact of the energy situation on the water supply in Cuba › Cuba › Granma

Work is being done to mitigate the impact of the energy situation on the water supply in Cuba › Cuba › Granma
Work is being done to mitigate the impact of the energy situation on the water supply in Cuba › Cuba › Granma

Cuba is experiencing a very complex situation with the distribution of drinking water caused by the energy crisis, with the hydraulic sector being the second largest consumer of electrical energy, only preceded by the population.

This was explained by Antonio Rodríguez Rodríguez, president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), in a meeting with the media, and added that this week some 700,000 people in the country do not receive the precious liquid daily due to continuous power cuts. electricity at pumping stations. Added to this is that another similar number reached the cisterns and, however, due to lack of energy, they cannot pump it to the rooftop tanks to have it in their homes.

«We have a level of generator sets in the supply plants. We recently had coverage for 36% of the total supply sources with generator sets in the territories. We have reached 57%, but we hope to cover 65% with the introduction of other batteries soon. Although this does not cover all distribution sources,” said the Cuban leader.

The problem is also exacerbated because the companies in charge of maintaining and repairing the generating sets have a shortage of spare parts and make a great effort to innovate and put into operation the equipment that deteriorates due to its use.

Another basic issue arises in the supply of fuel to this technology, because some are located in intricate places and the diesel does not always arrive on time. “This May 20, we woke up with 200,800 people affected by the arrival of water from pumping equipment inactive for some reason, and another 700,000 who did not receive it due to a power outage at the stations,” Rodríguez Rodríguez pointed out.

To bring water to vital centers, tanker trucks must be used to supply the population, which lengthens the cycles in those communities that do not receive the liquid from the drivers and the situation becomes more critical.

Given this, political will prevails and as a first measure, tours are carried out by the highest authorities of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, accompanied by the leaders of the Party and the Government in the most affected localities, with the premise of evaluating the specific situation and make decisions, taking into account the complexities of each territory.

«We are working on the availability of 722 devices with solar energy supply. There are more than 600 providing services and now we have just received another 144 for the mountainous municipalities. I’m talking about 170 pumping stations that will install 70 units powered by solar panels in the east of the country. Another 74 will go to Villa Clara. We want to have 866 equipment working on July 26, which is 866 places where we will not have to be worried about electricity outages,” said the President of the INRH.

Although the water supply situation is complex for the country, marked by the energy crisis present on the Island due, to a large extent, to the criminal blockade of the United States, arms are not being crossed and enormous efforts are being made by the workers. of the sector to reverse the situation, but saving this natural resource, essential for human life, is also essential.

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