I was talking to a friend the other day in El Rey and he brought up the growing water problems in and around David. I guess I shouldn’t limit it to David, because I think the problem is one that is in much of Chiriquí, if not all of Panama.
The problem is that the infrastructure is not sufficient to handle the current population and with the growth that has occurred in the last few years, it has gotten worse.
When you go to buy or rent a house or apartment you really need to find out how the service is for electricity, telephone, water, Internet and all of the items that you are most interested in. Don’t ask the developer or owner. They will always tell you that there is no problem.
The fact is, that in much of David, there isn’t sufficient water pressure to take a decent shower throughout the day. Many people have water in the morning and the evening. I have heard rumors that some areas are planning on cutting off water on certain days.
So far, where I live, there isn’t much of a problem. Several times a year, I will be without water, but it normally is only for a mater of hours. This is not something you would normally think about if you are moving from the US or many other parts of the world.
There is a huge apartment building that is scheduled to be built (photo above). I originally posted about it HERE. I think it is going to be around 35 stories high. Of course it hasn’t been built and I will believe it when I see it. My concern would be two things. One is the continual earthquake tremors that this area has. I live in a three story apartment building and on a couple of the recent shakes, I have felt a tremendous amount of movement. I can’t even imagine what that would feel like on the 35th floor.
Then, assuming that the structure has been built to seismic construction standards (is there such a thing in Panama) I wonder how they are going to get water up to the 35th floor. Maybe it is really going to be a 36 floor building and one floor will be used for a massive water pump and water holding tank.
When I first moved here I had to talk to the locals to find out if where I was going to rent could get telephone, Internet and had good water supply. The landlord assured me that I had no problem. When I talked to others that were already living there, I found that the telephone connection had never been made to the current houses and they had lived there for over 1 ½ years. Also when I checked, I found that there were major outages in water.
If you are planning on building , buying or renting in Chiriquí, do yourself a favor and ask those that live in the area you are considering for the real facts before you plop your money down.