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Santo Domingo.-  The head of Greater Santo Domingo’s water utility (CAASD) warned Thursday that the dams that feed its aqueducts are at their lowest operating levels, for which control measures have been in effect Wednesday since the Valdesia hydroelectric has only a 28-day supply.

Alejandro Montas said he has notified the various water management agencies to make more efficient use of water for the population and announced that to the amount of water for irrigation was cut back, which in turn will hurt agriculture.

Quoted by, the official said the Jiguey-Aguacate hydroelectric complex suspended energy generation Thursday, since its reservoirs didn’t have enough water to operate the turbines. “The drought has become alarming.”

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Written by: josean This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 10:03 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

....Ah but the USELESS METRO was the Priority!

Written by: Radar, 4 Jul 2014 10:37 AM
From: Dominican Republic

Droughts, floods, hurricanes, beautiful weather, all this happens from time to time. No use getting all worried about something we couldn't do much about.
On the other hand, we do waste a lot of water through leaks and letting faucets run unused. The water utility should charge more, but provide a better service.
The Ozama river could be a good source of water for SD. Tap it at its many sources and pipe it to the main aqueduct. Problem solved.
Written by: bernies, 4 Jul 2014 11:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
That Ozama river is so polluted that they will have to implement a very expensive and high sophisticated system to have that water ready for human consumption. We have Caribbean Ocean in front of us in Santo Domingo. Why not do as they did in Curacao and Aruba where they use the sea water and converted into human consumption. But the government rather build more and more dams that cost lots of money to delivery the water to Santo Domingo.

Use what is within your reach.
Written by: Ricardolito, 4 Jul 2014 12:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
bernies,,there are many articles about desalinization of sea water from proposed projects in Australia,,none proved economical in large commercial quantities . There have not been many studies here as to the joint use of dams for hydro power and water for the capital .The capital has grown so much at the same time as we have seen climate change so something has to be done ,,We make no attempt to capture water frm rooves here into large tanks as they do in many dry countries , Nearly all our rooves are without gutters .
A question are the rivers to the north.Ozama and Isabela polluted also or are can they be made clean fairly easily ??
Written by: Radar, 4 Jul 2014 2:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic

As Ricardolito said, it's very energy-intensive to process sea water for consumption. We couldn't do that.
The sources of many rivers are ideal for tapping into, as long as we don't overdo it. We could take some, but must allow a major flow to sustain flora and fauna, downriver.

""We make no attempt to capture water frm rooves here into large tanks as they do in many dry countries""

That's right, sir. More people should channel rainwater into their cisterns for all household needs. A good downpour should fill it up to last a month, or more, for a family of four. (guesstimate).
My home is set up to do just that. I've been thinking about shutting off the water utility, but for unrelated reasons, we have not yet.
Written by: johnny, 4 Jul 2014 3:31 PM
From: Canada
channel rain water to a cistern that is kept clean and covered, excess can be piped to a neighbour to help fill their cisterns rain is free but still needs to be purified Unltraviolet system inexpensive work well, in line filters with user changeable filters work great.
Written by: Radar, 4 Jul 2014 3:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic

That's right, Johnny. Rain is plentiful here and the supply of water should not be a problem, but it is.
Channeling water from the roof is not difficult, nor expensive to do.

Relying on the water utility, however, is. They don't send you a bill, although they swear they do, and then cut off the service, so you're obligated to pay the penalty.
They've done this trick several times. Now I go straight to them every 3rd of the month. No more $800 peso surcharge.
Written by: PatDiamond, 4 Jul 2014 4:13 PM
From: Botswana, La reconnaissance est une lachete'
In Haiti sense I live in the hills above Petionville the water pressure is too low to reach that height each home have a cistern under the garage connected to a roof gutter to catch water during the rain season. Believe it or not I catch enought water to last the rest of the year when there is no rain. That water is used for everything around the house except cooking and drinking just have to be treated.

According to the CIA in 50 years must conflict in the world will be over water, in today's world it's India & Pakistan over the Kashmir region.
Written by: laman00, 4 Jul 2014 5:16 PM
From: United States
Its not too late to use the river water, i know most of them are polluted tto the max, but its not too late, its less costly then to desalinate the ocean water, Egypt , Iraq, Jordan most of these middle eastern countries do it wth there river, educate the peasnat population that this is there last reort, stop throwing your basuras into the rivers, if those countries can do it in the middle of the desert you should also .
Written by: laman00, 4 Jul 2014 5:19 PM
From: United States
If they would've left the rivers alone it would've been great advantage now with this crisis, instead some uncivilized human beeings throw there waist and wash there cars in the river, how pathetic situation.
Written by: Radar, 4 Jul 2014 5:24 PM
From: Dominican Republic

That's right, Pat. It's not rocket science. We should not have to rely so heavily on the local utility to have enough water for every need, without having to worry about droughts.

I'll soon be moving out of SD, and hope to buy a small tract of land somewhere in the north coast. I want to test my resolve to be self-sufficient in every way. This includes all the water needed for generating electricity,(a small dam with a turbine), for watering crops, (vegetable garden), a pond for raising tilapia, ducks and geese; and of course, a swimming pool and for household needs.
Sounds like a big project, but by utilizing water properly, much can be done with little. It's only a matter of using common sense.
For instance. Water use for bathing, washing clothes and dishes can be channeled into a pond where certain plants act as natural filters that allows for fish and water fowls to live in.
Poop and toilet water can be piped into a holding tank which turns it into Methane gas. ..

Written by: josean This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 5:28 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!


they need to disincentivize more building in Santo Domingo....... create more job opportunities outside the Santo Domingo and its environs so people don't come rushing to the capital for survival.... additionally a new building permit moratorium should be implemented to allow the infrastructure to catch up and any new structures that are built should be required to have cisterns equal to the water needed for the occupancy permit issued......

water conservation should be part of school curriculum as well so that the newer generations are more judicious in the use of this precious liquid

Written by: laman00, 4 Jul 2014 5:35 PM
From: United States
I agree with you JOSEAN.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 9:47 PM
From: United States
Ricardolito, you are an insightful man. when i first came to the DR, one of the first things that struck me was that none of the houses had rain gutters.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 4 Jul 2014 9:58 PM
From: United States
says josean

water conservation should be part of school curriculum as well so that the newer generations are more judicious in the use of this precious liquid

especially in a country that wishes to hitch its economic wagon to tourism. it takes 600,000 gallons of water PER DAY to keep a golf course in good shape. think how many swimming pools are in the country. think about the fact that tourists use 10 times as much water per day than their local counterparts. water is a serious matter here. and everywhere else.
Written by: rokete This user is banned, 5 Jul 2014 1:34 AM

Ricardito ...

Water concervation in tanks and cisterns,

are more often found, in the cibao region !!

Written by: josean This user is banned, 5 Jul 2014 6:31 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

..............So are Latrines where tambora ROT-knee crawled out of into the world........ hence her/his affinity for CACA!

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