Friday, March 27, 2009

Disturbance in San Felipe over Lack of Water

RIO DULCE (March 27, 2009) A group of irate citizens from the aldea San Felipe de Lara gathered in the mid-afternoon today at the entrance to the aldea and blocked the road with tree limbs and cars, protesting the ongoing lack of potable water.

Water has been rationed in San Felipe for many months, coming on for only a few hours in the wee hours of the morning. Over the past few weeks the problem has become more and more acute. Sometimes the water does not come at all and when it does the pressure is so low that it only reaches homes at the lowest elevations. For the past few days, water has only come on for about 30 minutes each day at around 6 PM.

The mayor met with the protesters and explained that the situation has no immediate solution. The reservoir that feeds Fronteras and San Felipe is essentially empty. He went on to say that the problem will continue until June when a new water system, specifically for San Felipe, is supposed to come on-line. He added that the new water system is being built at a cost of Q7.2 million and that it should provide plenty of water for the residents of San Felipe de Lara.

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