North region water supply dwindles as drought speads
Santiago.- The drinking water supply due to dwindled reservoirs has forced thousands of families in the North region to buy it from tanker trucks.
In some villages residents must pay as much as 50 pesos for a 55 gallon tank.
The sale of water by trucks has spread throughout the area as the drought heightens.
On Sun. the reservoir Tavera-Bao stood at 316.65 meters above sea level, below the average 340 meters.
“This causes the flow deficit to be maintained due to the low level of the dam and the problems at the López Angostura pumping station,” said the Water Utility of Moca (Coraamoca).
It adds that the inflow of raw water is 1,000 liters per second, which must supply 85 percent of the 230,000 users of northern Espaillat province.