Local February 28, 2022 | 7:30 am

US$29.8M aqueduct launches Dominican Republic’s SW

Santo Domingo.- The National Drinking Water and Sewage Authority (Inapa) called this week for a national public tender estimated at RD$1.13 billion (US$29.8 million), to build an aqueduct in Cabo Rojo, Pedernales, with a view to tourism development that the government promotes in that area of ​​the southwest.

The structure is part of the necessary works for the future deployment of large tourism projects announced by the government, in an area that lacks a drinking water supply and sanitation system, and is located in the provinces with the highest rates of country poverty.

“We only know from the locals and data collected by our technicians that the companies that have settled in the area, to develop mineral extraction projects, have created their own supply systems relying on the surrounding waters (underground or surface) for the usual tasks of their functions and the personnel who worked in them,” says Inapa in the tender specifications.

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Paul Tierney
February 28, 2022 10:35 am

This is all and good for the SW. However, the aqueduct for Higuey is not complete. Punta Cana will be depending on future water coming from Higuey. The fresh ground water levels in the tourist zone continue to go down because of uncontrolled development of the area. It seems developers and government have little or no concern of subsequent lack of water availability.

The Pedernales will be under the same water risk in the future.