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Saturday, July 26 2014 @ 01:05 AM EDT

"We Had To Bathe In The River..." Water Outages in Panama City Continue

Infrastructure Upgrades85% of the capital's population woke up yesterday without water, because on Monday night a 12" water main was damaged at the Federico Guardia Conte water treatment plant in Chilibre, forcing managers to suspend supply. Abdiel Cano, Director of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), said the broken pipe caused a leak that reached the electrical control rooms, so they had to suspend the water supply. "The repairs, which lasted about 15 hours, were completed by 1:30 pm yesterday afternoon, and the water treatment plant resumed operations," said Cano.

DISCOMFORT - It was at dawn that most users realized they had no water. In the Pacora river one could see the number of people who went there to bathe, and to fetch water for household chores. Jerome Arauz, a resident of Los Nogales 2 in Pacora, said the lack of water caught them by surprise. "We had to come to the river to bathe," said Arauz.

In Rio Abajo, many people took advantage of a pipe that broke, to gather water for bathing. The authorities of the University of Panama and the Technological announced that classes would be suspended yesterday because of the lack of water.

To keep the problem from becoming chaos, IDAAN sent water tanker trucks to several parts of the capital city to supply water to the affected population, however, in some sectors the presence of these trucks was low, causing problems among those affected.

Supply Resumes - Cano reported that the damage has been repaired, and the water would be coming to the houses since yesterday afternoon for areas at high and low in the morning. "We are just asking the people for a little patience," he said. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: There were actually about three or four problems that all occurred simultaneously yesterday, causing a snowball effect. The damage at the water treatment plant was the main thing, but there were also large busted pipes in Rio Abajo, San Francisco, and in other areas. Supposedly water service will be coming back on line during the day today. At this point, no one should be "surprised" when the water service goes off line in Panama City. It happens at least a few times every year.

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