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    Default Population Warned to Ration Water

    DR1 Daily News:

    The Santo Domingo Corporation for Aqueducts and Sewers (CAASD) has called on the population to ration potable water. The CAASD says the reservoirs are at low levels due to the lack of rain in the river basins that feed Greater Santo Domingo water sources.

    The director general of CAASD, Alejandro Montás explained that the current water production is 363 gallons a day, when normally it is 420 gallons. He said that to increase supply there is a need for a significant amount of rainfall over a long period of time and hence called on the population to ration the use of water.

    https://elnacional.com.do/caasd-llam...-agua-potable/

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    I am so glad we had a water well made two years ago. Always fresh water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waytogo View Post
    DR1 Daily News:

    The Santo Domingo Corporation for Aqueducts and Sewers (CAASD) has called on the population to ration potable water.
    True story. Just now, before reading this in DR1 news,
    when down stairs having my morning coffee, I couldn't
    help but notice someone left the water spout open
    next to the stairs, so I closed it. Population does not
    listen. Not going to happen.

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    Excellent post, except that the local population has little or no concept of saving water. Sure, many of our friends do, because they have seen, heard and learned about this.

    But go figure: The CAASD produces at least twice (and some say 3X) the water that the population, if "normal," should need in a day. The Average is supposed to be 50 gal per day per person for every purpose.

    In Sto Dgo and elsewhere, the proletariat has absolutely NO concept of careful use of water. They are truly ignorant and or stupid to a point of incredulity! And I say that with deep understanding of the country.

    I often stop and ask people if they know that washing down the street or the sidewalk is not a good idea. I get all sorts of answers, mostly snide remarks such as "Coño! I pay for my water!!" or "I only wash the marquesina once a week!"" or "Coño gringo, este es mi país!"

    To which I usually reply: "Well, when there is no water, your money won't do you any good!" Or "Señora, then do it once a month and help Santiago keep its water." Or "Bueno Señor, I didn't know you were Haitian??"(That really p!sses them off!! :-) :-)

    My kids in some of my classes have reported similar stories.

    The whole thing is so ironic, when you see people b!tching about not having any water, and then, when they do get some, they wash their marquesina and the sidewalks etc....

    Really, it is like Charlie Brown and Lucy and the field goal attempts....


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    One of my pet peeves is the lack of rain water catchment systems, which in a country like this should be universal and mandatory for every dwelling.

    I plan to install a mini-system on the roof of our roof terrace with guttering and a large barrel, to use the water for domestic cleaning, plant watering etc.

    We are also starting to use buckets in the showers to store the water that would otherwise wasted, like when you have to run the water for a while until it comes out warm, for flushing the toilets - an idea from friends in Europe who have to pay exorbitant water bills.

    Last but not least, we have encouraged our cleaner to use much less water when cleaning the floors and bathrooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    Excellent post, except that the local population has little or no concept of saving water. Sure, many of our friends do, because they have seen, heard and learned about this.

    But go figure: The CAASD produces at least twice (and some say 3X) the water that the population, if "normal," should need in a day. The Average is supposed to be 50 gal per day per person for every purpose.

    In Sto Dgo and elsewhere, the proletariat has absolutely NO concept of careful use of water. They are truly ignorant and or stupid to a point of incredulity! And I say that with deep understanding of the country.

    I often stop and ask people if they know that washing down the street or the sidewalk is not a good idea. I get all sorts of answers, mostly snide remarks such as "Coño! I pay for my water!!" or "I only wash the marquesina once a week!"" or "Coño gringo, este es mi país!"

    To which I usually reply: "Well, when there is no water, your money won't do you any good!" Or "Señora, then do it once a month and help Santiago keep its water." Or "Bueno Señor, I didn't know you were Haitian??"(That really p!sses them off!! :-) :-)

    My kids in some of my classes have reported similar stories.

    The whole thing is so ironic, when you see people b!tching about not having any water, and then, when they do get some, they wash their marquesina and the sidewalks etc....

    Really, it is like Charlie Brown and Lucy and the field goal attempts....


    Cordially,

    HB
    Well to their defence this is a dirty country, dust and sh.it flying around everywhere.
    Back home you can get away with washing floors, hosing down the drive, etc...... once a week.
    Here it has to be every 2 days.
    Same goes for the cars...... drive around a bit and it is full of muck.

    Of course, as we only have sporadic water from the mains, we collect rain water for the garden, patio washing, etc..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya View Post
    One of my pet peeves is the lack of rain water catchment systems, which in a country like this should be universal and mandatory for every dwelling.

    I plan to install a mini-system on the roof of our roof terrace with guttering and a large barrel, to use the water for domestic cleaning, plant watering etc.

    We are also starting to use buckets in the showers to store the water that would otherwise wasted, like when you have to run the water for a while until it comes out warm, for flushing the toilets - an idea from friends in Europe who have to pay exorbitant water bills.

    Last but not least, we have encouraged our cleaner to use much less water when cleaning the floors and bathrooms.
    Our island has many micro-climates. We can see it raining and hear of flooding a few miles away and we get nothing. We have not had city water for years now. We harvest rain from our roof that have mostly kept up with our needs. 1" of rain provides us around 2,000 gallons of water into our 2 cisterns that can hold a total of 15,000 gallons.

    It's been very dry but Dec. is looking much better. So far for this Dec. we have had about 3" of rain and provided 6,000 gallons into our now over flowing cisterns. We also have a well with R.O. systems, filters and UV for whole house purified water. In a pinch, we can get a truck of water.

    Look on Amazon for the first flush rainwater diverter. Easy to install and works very well keeping the larger roof debris and first dirty water from getting into your water storage system.

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    During the summer, when water shortages were widely reported, at least one apartment complex on Cabarete beach had sprinklers operating for hours on the sand in front of their establishment!

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    fixing the million pipe joints that leak in the house is a good start, toilets, faucets, hose bibs, you name it...

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    Rained her each of the past 5 nights and hard. Maybe it's not except on the North Coast.

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