Water Treatment Plants Coming Back On Line

Water Treatment Plants Coming Back On Line

Wednesday, January 05 2011 @ 10:19 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (IDAAN) reported this morning that the new water treatment plant in Chilibre is currently producing 60 million gallons of water per day. Meanwhile, work continues to repair the four damaged dispensers at the plant. With the production of 60 million gallons of water, the IDAAN expects that within the next four hours users will start to receive water service, and later they will begin pumping operations for Panama City and San Miguelito. The agency said in a press release the increased use of chemicals for water purification, required due to the increased levels of turbidity in the raw source water taken from Lago Alajuela, was the cause of the malfunction that occurred in two of the pieces of equipment in the water treatment plant in Chilibre. Due to this situation, the operations at these facilities were frozen yesterday morning, Tuesday, and production was restarted with the new plant only with a production level of 60 million gallons.
Manuel González Ruiz, the Executive Director of the IDAAN, said they have made provisions to get new replacement parts for the feeders, but those parts have not yet arrived. The institution also reported they are supplying drinking water to hospitals, prisons, and the Tocumen International Airport, through the use of water tanker trucks. Upon completion of the repair work of the dispensers, the IDAAN will return to their schedule of rationing which had to be instituted due to the high levels of turbidity in Lake Alajuela, according to the press release. (La Prensa)

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