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Giahsa carries out almost 1,000 repairs on networks in the Sierra

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public company Giahsa has made a balance of the situation generated during the months of June, July and August in the 26 municipalities of the Sierra in which it provides the services of the integral water cycle and has concluded that of the 653 breakdowns repaired last year, almost a thousand will be resolved in 2022, both in the nuclei in an emergency situation due to the drought (548 repairs) and in those declared on alert (440).

In the words of the executive director, Manuel Domínguez Limón, “we warned at the time that these summer months have been especially eventful, since due to the effects of this historic drought, which unfortunately continues to threaten supply in practically the entire province, we have had to add the increase in the number of repairs, in a much more sensitive way in the Sierra”.

Last summer, according to Domínguez, “must be described as an unprecedented scenario that has forced Giahsa to make a considerable technical and economic effort to attend to and repair the incidents. In this regard, various factors have been decisive in locating and repairing them, such as the leak detection campaign, greater monitoring of incidents and the proliferation of warnings by users, which has undoubtedly influenced reduce water losses and thus help not to aggravate the effects of drought”.

Works carried out for populations in a state of emergency

Among the repairs carried out in populations in a state of emergency with restrictions on supply during this summer, the executive director specified, “we must highlight the 165 that have taken place in Aracena, the most important nucleus of the region, or the 80 in Arche; As for the municipalities on alert, the most recurrent has been Almonaster, with 135”.

In this sense, it should be remembered that last July the Rafael 3 well in Aracena was put into operation by emergency and a great technical effort had to be made to eliminate the air pockets that were detected in the municipal supply networks. .

“To deal with this situation, unprecedented in recent years, Giahsa had to strengthen services and adapt work shifts, which at that time meant an investment of 200,000 euros,” Domínguez recalled. The next step proposed by the public company and the mountain councils to reduce this type of situation in the future involves the Strategic Plan for Networks, which was approved in the last plenary session of the Commonwealth of Services (MAS).

The nine municipalities of the Sierra that have signed up to the Strategic Plan are going to make an investment of more than 2.5 million to renew and adapt their networks and infrastructures of the integral water cycle. These municipalities are Alájar, Aroche, Cala, Cortelazor, Fuenteheridos, Higuera de la Sierra, Jabugo, Puerto Moral and Santa Olalla del Cala.

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