"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