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Company could face $1 million fine for failed water supply

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Company could face $1 million fine for failed water supply


Posted 25/08/2019

A fine, up to a  million dollars, could be applied by the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) for the electrical failure in the Laguna Alta water treatment plant, which left over  85,000  without drinking water for five days.

According to the ASEP, on Sunday, August 25,  a “sanctioning process” has already begun for the company Aguas de Panamá, SA and  “the law empowers the entity to make decisions that would result in a fine” o 

In addition, the amount of the penalty would be distributed among the affected clients in the district of Arraiján, in the province of Panamá Oeste.

The general administrator of ASEP, Armando Fuentes, for his part, stressed that once the facts were known, the entity's technical staff carried out an inspection procedure on August 21 at the Laguna Alta plant.

damage of the 3 thousand 750 KVA transformer was verified, which feeds the water treatment system of the water treatment plant, which, according to the company Aguas de Panamá, SA, occurred at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 20

The ASEP emphasized that it remains vigilant so that the process of putting into operation of the water treatment plant is fulfilled after the transformer is installed, transported from Changuinola, Bocas del Torois installed.



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Taps flowing again for 85,000 in Arriajan


Posted 26/08/2019

Over 85,000  people in Panama West who have been without for more than five days saw water returning to their taps on Monday, August 26.

The Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) announced that the pump system of the Laguna Alta water treatment plant in the district of Arraiján  has begun its gradual process of stabilization and

sectors of Arraiján received drinking water throughout the morning.

On Sunday , ENSA personnel carried out the installation of the new transformer at the Laguna Alta water treatment plant. Work was carried out on the splicing work and then they energized the transformer which had been brought from Chinguanola in Bocas del Toro.

"We have covered the affected sectors with the distribution of drinking water with more than 26 tank cars that have transported some 300,000 gallons of water and have delivered more than 10,000  bottles of water house to house in Arraiján," Idaan reported



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