The deputy to the National Assembly Luis Florido said that the water shortage is due to the corruption of Maduro’s regime: “They stole the money that they had to invest in new aqueducts, in taking care of the watersheds, creating reservoirs, improving the distribution networks and pipes so that the drinking water reached the homes”. Today, 94% of Venezuelan families suffer from severe rationing and cannot abide basic coronavirus prevention measures.
Florido explained that the water that reaches the networks, adding the leaks within the system and the lack of macro and micro measuring, makes the distribution very inefficient. At the moment, the representative of the National Assembly said, no more than 40% of the networks can be supplied, since “any network in Venezuela has to be supplied by rationing”.
According to the Venezuela Crisis Survey, only 4% of citizens receive regular drinking water in their homes. In other words, 94 out of every 100 Venezuelans receive insufficient or no water at all. In different states, even in the capital, there are sectors that protest about having 15 days without drinking water, while others go up to 60 days without receiving a drop. In parts of the interior, the citizens denounce having several months without receiving the liquid. The water is supplied by high-cost tank trucks, which directly affect the Venezuelan people’s pockets: 50 dollars per truck.
Florido also rejected that Maduro’s regime implement the “policy of the tank, the tuff and the tank. In his opinion, this does not solve in a structural way a problem that was worsened by lack of investment.
To date, all the systems that are within the distribution networks that have to redirect water to the higher areas, are functioning at less than half their capacity and therefore the little water that reaches the main networks cannot be distributed adequately. Regarding the situation of the water reservoirs, Florido said that most of them are empty or have very poor quality water. There are 86 main water supply reservoirs in the country, “badly used” and in very poor condition.
In April alone, 158 water protests were recorded in the country, according to the Social Conflict Observatory. In May, at least five daily demonstrations were reported demanding the service. Given this critical situation, Florido reiterated the urgency of establishing an emergency government to solve the problems of Venezuelans and improve quality of life.