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Merida, Yucatan — Personnel from the Board of Drinking Water and Sewerage of Yucatan (Japay) detected and repaired a leak at the corner of Calle 64 and 59 in the Historic Center.

Before the fix, one million liters of water were being lost daily, said Sergio Chan Lugo, the head of the agency.

In an interview at the repair site Friday morning, Chan Lugo said crews were mobilized after he received reports from citizens before Dec. 24 that the water runoff could be heard in storm drains.

“Then we sent personnel to determine the size of the leak and the place of the leak, from this we planned the intervention with personnel and machinery, we did it from 10 p.m. Thursday and we finished this Friday at 10 the morning,” explained the official.

He explained that the repair came at no additional cost for the Japay, since the personnel and machinery came from existing resources.

The 60-year-old, 35-inch underground pipeline at Calle 64 required a new rubber gasket to join two pieces. Thirty workers responded to the call.

Work was complicated by the pipeline’s proximity to underground fiberoptic lines running parallel to the water system, he said.

Chan Lugo said that in the matter of repairs there is no rest and that citizens who detect leaks should not hesitate to call Japay.

Source: Punto Medio

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