No Water in Sosua

chico bill

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They're fixing a pipe in the Callejon, too, because many people don't have water. Sounds like a big part of the problem are old, cracked pipes(?).
You know why their pipes crack. Because they bury them with 2" of cover (literally). Saw this just yesterday on a new pipe crossing the road. I actually can see the tops of some pipes exposed in some other areas. These were installed by Corraplata not the users.
All water pipe should be at least 18" of cover - All it takes is a truck running over a rock atop the pipe ditch and bloooey - you have a repair needed.

As a rough guess I bet 35% of all water pumped is lost through leaks.
 

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High pressure for Corraplata is like someone with high blood pressure - An Aneurism in their system is just waiting to happen, pipes bursting like balloons at a child's birthday party.
So true.

We had slightly higher water pressure for a couple of day, but no pressure at the moment.

I don't expect any real improvement any time soon, if ever.
 
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So true.

We had slightly higher water pressure for a couple of day, but no pressure at the moment.

I don't expect any real improvement any time soon, if ever.
Expecting reliable water delivery from Corraplata is like waiting for you millions to be deposited from Nigeria.
It will be the thing that stops development and slow tourism (not crime)
 

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You know why their pipes crack. Because they bury them with 2" of cover (literally). Saw this just yesterday on a new pipe crossing the road. I actually can see the tops of some pipes exposed in some other areas. These were installed by Corraplata not the users.
All water pipe should be at least 18" of cover - All it takes is a truck running over a rock atop the pipe ditch and bloooey - you have a repair needed.

As a rough guess I bet 35% of all water pumped is lost through leaks.
We were building a wall once along the road at the back side of our property. A cement block was accidentally dropped onto the road immediately next to the wall. It broke the main water pipe into La Cienaga and shot a geyser 20 feet high. Two inches? More like half an inch under. That was when there actually was water pressure. Now if that happened it wouldn't be noticed for weeks.
 

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I know several illegal connections. It is easy for the cheaters to do it when the PVC mains are empty 5-6 days a week.
I had to repair the main near my home, after a major leak was reported and Corraplata came, tried to repair it, but it still leaked so I dug up the main which is buried just 10" and put a proper dresser coupling on it.
Now at any time I want I could dig up the main in front of my service and put in a tee and reduce it to the 1" service to my cistern and valve off the metered connection. And there would be no consequences for this.
I bet 1/3 of the connections to single family homes in DR are illegal.
One Dominican neighbor is supplying two very large homes, both with huge landscaped yards, with an one illegal connection. Corraplata cut their services after they were unable to pay unpaid bills from prior owners of the property.
I have a Dominican neighbor who has a big house....and pays nothing for water, garbage, tv cable, and of course electric...I guess thats just Dominican home improvement........
 

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I have a Dominican neighbor who has a big house....and pays nothing for water, garbage, tv cable, and of course electric...I guess thats just Dominican home improvement........
Or....one might look at is as a set-off on the ledger books for partial service in the past, no service, companies that don't give a crap about the people they are "servicing" and in the last column of the book "misc abuse and fustrations against me and my family". Remember accounting 101...at the end of the page it must balance. (credits and debts).
 

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Or....one might look at is as a set-off on the ledger books for partial service in the past, no service, companies that don't give a crap about the people they are "servicing" and in the last column of the book "misc abuse and fustrations against me and my family". Remember accounting 101...at the end of the page it must balance. (credits and debts).
Private Companies must balance.

Government companies like Edenorte and CORAAPPLATA? Not so much. Nor do they care about providing service. Especially CORAAPPLATA at the moment.
 

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Or....one might look at is as a set-off on the ledger books for partial service in the past, no service, companies that don't give a crap about the people they are "servicing" and in the last column of the book "misc abuse and fustrations against me and my family". Remember accounting 101...at the end of the page it must balance. (credits and debts).
For many years, the government allowed DR citizens to tap into power lines for free. There was no "balancing" involved in that. The EDE's are government run and it was all about politics to get votes. DR citizens thought electricity was a "right" and that was hard to change.
 
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chico bill

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I have a Dominican neighbor who has a big house....and pays nothing for water, garbage, tv cable, and of course electric...I guess thats just Dominican home improvement........
Does he use someone else's barrel or just toss it over the wall like my neighbors used to do.
They are too cheap to pay 500 pesos a months for garbage but they drive around in SUVs pretending to be 'loaded'
 

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Does he use someone else's barrel or just toss it over the wall like my neighbors used to do.
They are too cheap to pay 500 pesos a months for garbage but they drive around in SUVs pretending to be 'loaded'
think he borrowed one from a neighbor...........