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Water worries again in Sancti Spíritus › Cuba › Granma
Water worries again in Sancti Spíritus › Cuba › Granma

If – metaphorically and appealing to an old popular phrase – someone said that the people of Sancti Spiritus have been asking for water by signs, the statement would not be far from the truth.

Recurring, the drought is once again doing its thing, “in close cooperation” with a phenomenon that usually wreaks havoc throughout the country: the poor state of the networks, whose leaks considerably weaken the flow of the precious liquid and lead to the leakage of large quantities of water. volumes of water (in many places it is estimated around 40%), with significant losses for the economy.

Supply through tank cars, or “pipas”, has once again been inserted into the daily life of the Sancti Spiritus panorama, where more than 23,000 people have been affected by the direct and indirect effects of a drought that recorded a record lower than the historical average in April , after a quarter in which, from the frogs to the streams, rivers and reservoirs, they would have appreciated a friendlier behavior from the rains.

According to information offered by Yusliadys Lorenzo Coca, technical director of the Provincial Delegation of Hydraulic Resources, this situation has been having a more pronounced influence in areas of Yaguajay, Jatibonico, Cabaiguán, Fomento, Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus.

In fact, the territories with the most damaged collection works (sources) correspond precisely to the main municipality (six) and Fomento (five), although Trinidad emerges with the largest amount of population damaged by the depressed state presented by El Pedrero and San Juan de Lateran, decisive to ensure the service.

Of the nine existing dams, only three are involved in supplying the population, and they are not of concern because until a few days ago Lebrije – Jatibonico’s supplier – was at 65% of its capacity; Tuinucú – which pays taxes to the provincial capital – retained 68%; and Siguaney, 74%, for the tranquility of the town of the same name, Tuinucú, Zaza del Medio and the industrial zone of Sancti Spíritus.

Fortunately, the Zaza dam, the largest Cuban reservoir, does not serve the population’s consumption. Even so, specialists and authorities remain concerned as a result of the very low water level at the moment (barely 13%) with the consequent impact on high national priority programs, such as rice cultivation in the extensive areas covered by the Company. Agroindustrial of Granos Sur del Jíbaro.


Recent statements by Pedro Jiménez Pérez, provincial director of Aqueduct and Sewerage, indicate that not everything is misfortune.

Aware of the situation and the urgent need to improve supply, the country has taken action on the matter, and Sancti Spíritus was able to acquire six new pieces of equipment, and even spare parts, for pumping stations such as Manaquitas: the largest in the territory, which ensures service to the provincial capital and Cabaiguán.

As a result of changing the energy matrix, almost a hundred hybrid devices entered, which can operate with sunlight or electricity.

There is a permanent push to repair equipment inside and outside the territory that, due to its obsolescence, constantly breaks, and the entry of some tank cars, although it does not satisfy the growing demand, at least alleviates the supply needs in affected communities and neighborhoods. .

Therefore, concern for savings is vital. What disappears through nets, leaks, defective shoes and other “ways of escape” is not water: it is the economy, and Cuba is not in a position to be squandering it meekly.

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