Local March 2, 2023 | 8:07 am

Water Observatory evaluates availability in dams in the face of seasonal drought

The members of the Water Observatory assured that the country’s dams have enough water to guarantee the demand of the aqueducts and ensure the harvest of crops already planted, although they called on the population to make rational use of the resource and must coordinate with the Agricultural Cabinet for the next crops. The information was offered during the weekly meeting, held this Wednesday at the headquarters of the Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company (Egehid). The meeting was called to analyze the weather forecasts regarding the current seasonal drought, its prospects for the next three months, and the availability of water in the reservoirs for different uses.

The meeting was headed by the holders of Egehid, Rafael Salazar; the executive director of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (Indrhi), Olmedo Caba Romano; the director of the National Meteorological Office (Onamet), Gloria Ceballos; the director of the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewerage Corporation (CAASD), Felipe Suberví, and the executive deputy director of the National Institute of Potable Water and Sewerage (Inapa), Wascar Martínez.

During his speech, Salazar stressed that knowing the prospects of the climatic condition, they will be able to carry out more efficient management of the water from the reservoirs to guarantee its availability until the rainy season arrives. In addition, he emphasized that more dams are needed in the country, which will allow for a greater capacity to manage the variability of river flows.

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