Fire on the National Highway leaves Santa Clara without water

Fire on the National Highway leaves Santa Clara without water

HAVANA, Apr 30. A fire this Sunday night left several areas of Santa Clara without water, affecting a 900-millimeter section of the main road at kilometer 2 and a half of the National Highway.“The Palmarito water supply system has been paralyzed,” radio station CMHW announced on Facebook, which required the immediate transfer from Havana and Matanzas of “new pipes to replace the part damaged by the fire,” as well as the “thermodiffusion machine.” ”.

The fire, presumably “caused by a citizen,” according to communicator Henry Omar Pérez, was located “very close to the Elevated Tank.”

Ramón Pérez Jova, director of the Aqueduct in the city, told local radio that the repair work will be “intense, complex” due to the magnitude of the damage caused by the fire, which is why he estimates the restart of service to the neighborhoods of Santa Clara “not before this Tuesday night or in the early hours of Wednesday.”

Replacement of pumping equipment

Just a month ago, six new imported pumps, plus components and accessories for the Palmarito water pumping station, arrived in Santa Clara. The installation of this equipment will benefit, CMHW specifies, around 60% of the city’s inhabitants.

According to a Cuban TV news report, specialists ensure that these means have operating parameters to pump 200 liters per second in wells with high deliveries.

The Cuban Government’s purchase of 19 equipment cost 1.6 million euros. Of them, six pumps were destined for Santa Clara, eight for Sancti Spíritus, two for a tank in Ciego de Ávila and another for the pumping station that supplies the hospital in that province.

In addition, two teams were transferred to Urbano Noris, in Holguín, the municipality in the country with the largest sustained water supply cycles, according to statements to the news program by the president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, Antonio Rodríguez.

Finally, one of these teams was sent to a pumping station in Aguas Varadero, which supplies the tourist center and the area’s general population.

The crisis takes water

The crisis that the water service has been going through in recent years, both for production and for the population, kept some 156,000 people without a supply “adequately” until last October, according to data from the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH).  Likewise, more than 400 places with more than 2,000 people still do not have supply systems.

According to the president of the INRH last October, this sector needed to replace between 8% and 10% of the pumping equipment, when there was a deficit of 89 points of the national territory that lacked adequate equipment.

Another big problem in the supply service is the more than 4,000 leaks, revealed by the official, who pointed out that there are more than 2,000 in Havana alone.

“Leaks are very harmful because we use energy and chemicals without achieving the necessary result and they are also deterrents for people because it is difficult for us to tell someone to save water when in front of their home there is a leak that remains for days and months,” Rodríguez said then.