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    Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business / 14ymedio
    Posted on August 10, 2015

    14medio, Havana, 10 August 2015 – The drought in Guantanamo province has
    triggered an illegal market in water. Residents of the province are
    coming to pay between 300 and 500 Cuban pesos for the contents of a
    water truck, a lucrative business for drivers of the so-called “pipes,”
    which the authorities have denounced after a meeting in which they
    discussed the measures to be taken to confront the situation.

    Ines Maria Chapman, a member of the Council of State and president of
    the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), called the
    attitude of these drivers opportunistic, and called for people to fight
    back by denouncing those who “exploit” the situation caused by the
    drought for material benefits.

    Chapman added that several communities in the region are receiving water
    only every 25 days.

    For its part the local INRH delegate, Alfredo Correa, reported on the
    lack of rain and the alarming decline of water in the reservoir, which
    is now only 134 million cubic meters out of 347.5 possible, 39% of the
    storage capacity for the province.

    The depletion of many sources of supply, such as rivers, dams, lakes,
    tanks and wells, has forced water rationing on more than 258,000
    Guantanameros, 72% of the population of the province. Irrigation has
    been limited to a minimum in the depressed agriculture in the area,
    including on land for sugar cultivation managed by the State sugar
    company, Azcuba.

    The most fortunate can receive water through supply networks on a cycle
    ranging from two to ten days.

    The situation has forced to government to increase pumping from the Bano
    River, very low for years and with a high level of pollution. They have
    also had to construct new pumping stations, one of them about to be open
    on the Camarones canal, next to the central town of Argeo Martinez.

    Opening wells in the mountains and the battle against leaks and
    illegalities are also among the measures promoted by the authorities of
    the province.

    Source: Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business / 14ymedio | Translating
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