Thirsty, so are the inhabitants of the Juana de Avila parish in the municipality of Maracaibo. They have not received drinking water for more than 30 days and Maracaibo’s hydrological department has not given an explanation for the lack of the vital liquid.
“We have more than a month without water reaching the Ziruma sector and the water trucks are taking advantage of our need. They abuse with the prices and now they charge amounts in dollars, for 10 thousand liters they want us to pay 40 dollars, and in Hidrolago (Water Utility) they don’t their face nor inform us when the water will arrive again,” denounced María Fernández, a resident of the area.
For his part, the municipal coordinator of Voluntad Popular, Eduardo Vale, regretted that again the lack of drinking water in the capital of Zulia is becoming more acute.
“We demand that Hidrolago give an official response to the serious water shortage because not only is the community of Ziruma without the vital liquid, but several sectors are in the same situation or have even more time without receiving a drop of water,” he said.
Vale, accompanied by activists of Voluntad Popular and leaders of other parties in the region that make up the Democratic Unity, toured various sectors of the Juana de Avila parish, where they observed the water crisis that the inhabitants are suffering.
“The residents of this area have to walk kilometers to try to find water in some water mains, they also have to store the water in different containers that become the perfect habitat for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever and other diseases,” he said.
The leader of Voluntad Popular demanded that the president of Hidrolago respond to the communities and activate a contingency plan so that water reaches the different sectors of the Zulia capital.