Still No Rain in Mayabeque

Faced with the drought, measures for better use of existing water resources are being taken in the territory

By: Yunet Lopez


2015-08-27 | 15:51:09 EST
SAN JOSÉ DE LAS LAJAS, Mayabeque.- While not one of the territories most damaged by the widespread drought across the country, Mayabeque has its reservoirs at 45 percent of its total capacity and is taking measures to save water faced with the effect of low rainfall in recent months.

"The most critical situation is reflected in the El Gato in Catalina de Guines; Melena-Nueva Paz and Batabanó basins" said Pedro Garcia, director of the UEB Technical Services Company of Water management in the province. In addition, he said that some of the seven existing dams in this young province have lowered their fluid levels.

On this situation, García added that the most critical is Aguas Claras, in Bejucal, 21 percent full; Canasí, in Santa Cruz del Norte, 47 percent, and La Ruda, in San José, 38. "A different situation occurs in the North of the territory, where the Jaruco, Jibacoa and San Miguel dams show a favourable state, with around 95 percent of their capacity, because they are the least exploited," he said.

Together with the measures the Company has taken in Mayabeque for hydraulic use, are the implementation of the program to reduce losses and rehabilitation of networks and removing leaks, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) is also implementing other actions to eliminate sources of pollution that may harm water quality.

Yaneisy Bozada Garcia, provincial director of CITMA said the exploitation of the south has led to salinization. Therefore, she said, "we are developing the Mangle Vivo project, which aims at planting this tree throughout the region in order to benefit agriculture."

Translated by ESTI

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