Decades of Disaster in PR’s Water Authority

Although Puerto Rico has operational & modern water treatment plants, the issues created by combined sewer overflows during rains (and frequent storm events) turn the island into an outdated and inefficient country with the illusion of modernity. There are more than 19,900 annual reports of sewage wastewater overflows in the island… all of them delivering liquid waste discharge into rivers, streams and onto public beaches and coasts.  Visit the article titled “Decades of Disaster in AAA” to learn more. Published by the Puerto Rican Newspaper: El Nuevo Dia | Link to article HERE | Written by: Hernan Padilla

Article excerpt (in English by Google Translate):

63% of potable water produced by the Water Supply Authority is lost, is stolen or not counted. 50% is lost through leaks and spills and 13% of the water served to customers are not charged. Has $ 80 million in accounts receivable.

Supposedly to eliminate dependence on General Fund grant and improve the finances, the rate increased in 2006 and pledged further increases of 4.5% annually.

The other arm of the AAA, the sanitary sewer service is a system of 4,050 miles of sewers connected to 59 treatment plants, sewage still “combined sanitary and storm” in Old San Juan, Santurce and Hato Rey.

Although Puerto Rico has modern medical treatment plants, sewage overflows him closer to a third world country with the illusion of modern country. Se reportan más de 19,900 desbordamientos de aguas negras anuales. Over 19.900 reported sewage overflows annually.

Just 58% of housing units have sanitary sewer service. 591.838 homes remain without service. Some causes could be the absence of a land use plan, promoting inefficient state subsidies and lack of management continuity at the AAA.

Published by the Puerto Rican Newspaper: El Nuevo Dia | Link to article HERE | Written by: Hernan Padilla

MAPPING / image credits: Pedro Santa, ae.i.ou

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