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
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
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