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Porto Alegre should return to normal water supply only this Wednesday (15)

Porto Alegre City Hall reported that, due to the complexity of the work, the last 21 neighborhoods still without water are expected to be refilled this Wednesday (15)

This Monday (13), technical teams from all states helped to resume operation of the Raw Water Pumping Station (Ebab) Moinhos de Vento, which was completely flooded by the flood. This system has been suspended since the early hours of the 2nd of this month, due to the flooding of the Guaíba.

The Municipal Department of Water and Sewage (Dmae) reported this evening that the attempt to restart the engine that had recovered failed. The equipment operated for 30 minutes and burned. The teams must replace the engine this Tuesday (14).

The resumption of this station should restore almost 100% of access to water in the city, according to Rafael Manica, professor at the Hydraulic Research Institute (IPH), at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in an interview with CNN. The exception is the supply to Ilha da Pintada and other islands in the region, where the pumping station was destroyed by heavy rains.

Dmae installed three community reservoirs this Saturday (11) in the central region, in locations supplied by the Water Treatment Station (ETA Moinhos de Vento), while it remains inoperative.

A week ago, the city council published in an extra edition of the Official Gazette of Porto Alegre (Dopa) the decree that determines water rationing in the city and restricts the use of the resource while the flood prevents the regularization of the service.

162 properties without water in 19 cities

As of this Monday morning (13), water shortages affect 162,000 properties in 19 cities in Rio Grande do Sul, according to Corsan. In the metropolitan region, 102 thousand properties remain without supply in Canoas, Esteio and Sapucaia do Sul.

In a statement, the concessionaire informed that last weekend's heavy rains had significant impacts on the work to restore water supply systems, mainly in the municipalities of the Taquari and Caí valleys, due to the rise in river levels.

Source: CNN Brasil

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