Yesterday I received the following email from Diane Fessenden, resident of Potrerillos, along with a private inspection report of the Potrerillos water line.
Apparently IDAAN finds it easier to just give their clients a line rather than fixing one.
I consider this a growing problem across all of Panama. Years of neglect and recent Hydroelectric construction are taking its toll.
I have had serious water problems for at least 3 weeks. Every time I contact Idaan they say the problem is in my line. that can’t be true because I can name at least 20 other neighbors who have the same problem. The attached photos show the problem is at the original source of water.
I have sent this email to the headquarters in Panama City with no response. At this point I am thinking to get this information out to news sources for a story.
The inspection report follows along with photos.
Today (January 5, 2013) an inspection of the aquifer (toma) up in the mountains was conducted and it was discovered that the main pipes have been damaged and the primary holding tank is largely empty. The primary holding tank is approximately 8 feet deep and should be full to the top however today the tank contained about 18 inches of water rather than the normal 8 feet of depth. Additionally one of the 8” PVC pipes that feeds the holding tank has two areas where the pipe is broke allowing the majority of the water to escape before delivery to the holding tank.
After observing the lack of water in the tank and the associated pipe damage I have concluded that the Potrerillos water system is on the verge of collapse and will soon stop delivering water to the township. In my opinion the water system is only operating at 25% capacity in its present state and is expected to fully fail at any time. It is recommend that you take any appropriate action necessary to insure you have an alternate water supply or adequate water reserves before a total system collapse. Good luck