Santiago has big water problems


Staff member
Feb 20, 2019

The aging water pipeline system for the Dominican Republic’s second largest city, Santiago de los Caballeros, is literally crumbling away. The recent announcement by the director of the Santiago Water and Sewer Corporation (Coraasan), reflects this reality. He told reporters from the El Caribe newspaper that the city was facing a 40 million gallon deficit, not because there was no water, but rather because the system is decrepit affecting the water supply to customers.

The last, really complete overhaul of the system was probably back in the 70s when the Italian firm Italconsult updated the city’s water supply system. This update was to last for 20-25 years. It has been at least 25 years since the expiration date for that renovation.

Andres Burgos, the beleaguered director of Coraasan, told El Caribe reporters that refurbishing is currently going on at...

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