From 12,000 liters of water per second, they pump only 2,500 liters for Maracaibo. Several sectors of the city denounce a month without service. Marabinos are looking for several liters of water in boats and wells.
"The problem is in Thule. About eight days ago, due to the fluctuation of tension, three service teams came out, which resulted in a 40% reduction in water than we had to send to plant C, which makes drinking water and spreading to Maracaibo and San Francisco, "the secretary on the waters of the Zulia government, Héctor Soto.
Soto said yesterday that the two engines that remained were out of use 24 hours ago "and they are what we have now at a workshop in San Francisco and another in Maracaibo."
He specified that "at this moment, one (engine and pump) (in Thule) works," with the optimum capacity provided by the six pumping station facilities, "but this year we failed to put the sixth unit."
He admitted: "We did well, we already had the fourth in the fifth engine under normal conditions, but these two engines came out of operation in the first week of January."
Make sure that they install the first module (engine and pump) that will soon do the same for the second one. "It's not to have optimal conditions, but we'll have regular pumping so we can attend Maracaibo, San Francisco, Miranda, Jesus Enrique Lósada," Soto said.
The optimal pumping level is 12,000 liters. For the past year, with three out of six units in operation, about 5,000 liters were pumped, but now only one unit works, "so we're down, we need to be about 2500 liters of water per second from Tuile." Plant C also supplies the Tres Ríos Dam "and we have done some work there to increase the flow by about 2,500 liters more, but that is not enough just to strengthen," the secretary said.
As a matter of urgency, Soto confirmed that they are picking up "the trucks that will be part of the Enhancement Plan because the trucks we have so far are from the private ones who have supported us for three or four months, Barrio Nuevo Tricolor, of Hydrolag, which have about 7 trucks, the Maracaibo City Hall is also designed by a single plan that I direct. "
But Soto said there was another problem in loading the tankers. – We work in Maracaibo with two or three Aguadas: one in front of the airport, another behind Alto del Sol Amadas and another – through Las Tubes. Also in the case of Tanque Norte's hydrological case, Tanque Redondo, Plant C, which, although very low, provides support. "
The above is done "so the pipes do not dry out, because if that happens, the system is decompensated and it becomes much harder for us to restore the distribution," says Soto.
In the case of San Francisco, the situation is different because "90% of the water is fed through wells, then these waterways have fewer problems," a scenario that is far from Maracaibo because we have the Northwest region and they call the pipes, then these Aguadas are practically paralyzed, "explained the representative of the Waters Secretariat.
He assured that there is enough water in the reservoirs to be distributed in Maracaibo and other municipalities.
Another problem directly affecting Maracaibo's water distribution is the illegal water intake that Soto describes as a "complex and historical situation." "Water comes out of the dams and 8% remains on the road for sowing in the case of unauthorized takeovers" at farms and hacienda.
There are also water boats in the city, "but to see them, you have to put pressure on the pipes and thus repair."
He recalled that the whole issue of water supply was "the full responsibility of Hydrolag", but they worked hard to try to resolve the situation and commented that yesterday he was in one of the workshops where they repaired the units needed to increase pressure.
At the same time, several sectors denounce one month of service, which forces people to search for a few liters in water boats and wells with carts and several tobaccos. Others condemn that they have to pay up to BGN 35,000. For a tanker. On the way to Palito Blanco and Sabaneta, they protested that they had no liquid.