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Santo Domingo.- Santo Domingo Aqueduct (CAASD) director Alejandro Montas on Wednesday said repairs to the ruptured main which has left more than 40 National District sectors without water have begun, and promised to restore service by Saturday.

The official made the announcement in the community Boca de Mana, where a 67-inch pipe was damaged by a swollen river from Hurricane Sandy’s downpours, part of the grid that supplies 77 million gallons of water daily.

Montas said the work in the river channel began after the aqueduct’s main valve was shut to drain the affected pipeline, and that the repair will cost around RD$35.0 million.

The official pledged to provide more than 100 tankers to supply around one million people in the National District, while the work is finished. "We’re giving priority to hospitals, schools and public buildings for their water demand."

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11 comment(s)
Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 31 Oct 2012 4:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
The rupture couldn't have happened in worse spot.
Written by: IloveDR, 31 Oct 2012 5:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
They need to start looking ahead and not just the present, create a restructuring program to avoid such BS.
Written by: Ricardolito, 31 Oct 2012 7:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Everyone knows that this pipe has broken in the same spot before and had band aid repairs that were covered up by sand bags and then sand and dirt ,,so that when the rain washed away the band aid reoairs ,,it was a worse situation than before ,,,
On a selfish note I have enough water in my tenaco for about 4 days if we shower quickly and do not wash the floors for 4 or 5 days .
I wonder if anyone has seen the water pipe works around Villa Francisca and Zona Colonial ..the next problem just around the corner .
Written by: RoyStone, 31 Oct 2012 11:52 PM
From: Australia
"Then let the peasants drink champagne!"
- Margarita Antoinette
The Palace
Written by: ramapo13, 1 Nov 2012 7:07 AM
From: United States
A countries infrastructure.....water supply, ability to provide electricity, the quality of its transportation system, the safety of the food supply, its educational system.....all are essential to not only its survival but the quality of life for its people.......tourism will line the pockets of the all ready wealthy and provide a meager wage for its workers but these other things should be a priority for a good government.
Written by: RoyStone, 1 Nov 2012 7:11 AM
From: Australia
Agreed, ramapo13
But how should it be paid for - with foreign loans?
Written by: ramapo13, 1 Nov 2012 7:21 AM
From: United States
Roy Stone..... The government needs to take funds it has and intstead of diverting money to its own pockets it needs to take care of its people. If that necessitates increased taxation and the money goes into the infrastructure it still helps the people!
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 1 Nov 2012 10:41 AM
From: Dominican Republic
35 million??? That is close to 1 million US. What exactly is being done? How many "real people" are being employed to do the work and what is the actual manpower cost? This must be one hell of a piece of pipe!!!
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Nov 2012 6:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
well 67 inches may be the radius you never quite know here ,,and all I hope is that ,,just for a change,, they do a good permanent job .
Written by: ramapo13, 1 Nov 2012 6:52 PM
From: United States
PC Mike.......Santo Domingo has how many millions of people......10 million? Those people need a good permanent water supply......price seems cheap actually......
Written by: nyceguy590, 3 Nov 2012 6:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Factoring all cost including permits man power, material etc. It cost about 1.5 million to replace one mile of 66". Water main. If they are replacing one mile here in RD, then the cost is justifable. Less than that then someone is getting a nice handout under the table.
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