TIJUANA B.C.- Sunday, March 3, 2019.- A leak in the Río Colorado-Tijuana Aqueduct (ARCT) which occurred this Saturday, March 2, will affect the pumping of water to the Costa area in a volume of 500 thousand cubic meters per day, While the repairs are being carried out by the State Water Commission, which is estimated to take 5 days, informed the Director of the State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT), Germán Lizola Márquez.
He stressed that even though this incident will not cause lack of water at this time because there are enough water reserves in the El Carrizo dam, above 30 million cubic meters, if it will have an impact on storage volumes with a view to respond to the increase in water demand of the population of Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito in the next summer season.
“We have a strong problem due to the deteriorating conditions of the Aqueduct, since it was built more than 40 years ago and its useful life is 30, so this failure reaffirms the need to have other sources to supply the Costa area as are desalination plants and avoid depending solely on this system, “said Lizola Márquez.
According to the information provided by the CEA, who operates the aqueduct, this Sunday they began repairing the leak in this concrete and steel pipe that is more than 40 years old and 54 inches in diameter, which are expected to conclude next Thursday.
The fracture of the pipe that is 2 meters and a half deep was presented in a stretch of 6 meters in a neighborhood road at the height of the Las Auras dam in Tecate, for which staff of the CESPT and the State Commission of Public Services of Tecate, will join in support of the repair work.