The City Council of La Laguna and the Teidagua joint venture have agreed to reactivate the Madre del Agua well to avoid the use of drinking water in ordinary maintenance tasks, such as cleaning roads and watering parks and gardens. The mayor, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, and the councilor for Municipal Services, Josimar Hernández, accompanied by the team of the entity that was awarded the supply service, have recently visited the facility, which will begin to operate imminently.
“This new work will not only allow us to make a more adequate use of the supply, but also to study the behavior of the water table of the Vega Lagunera, which will translate into greater knowledge about its recharge capacity”, highlighted Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, who He also highlighted “the symbolic value of recovering the utility of the first water supply point after the founding of the city, more than 500 years ago.”
Indeed, it is believed that this place was the first public fountain in La Laguna (hence its name, Madre del Agua) from which the population was supplied. In the 18th century the well was drilled and later the canalization to Los Lavaderos was carried out.
The local councilor recalled that this intervention joins the rest of the actions planned and developed in the municipality to “move towards a more sustainable management, one of our main objectives.”
For his part, Josimar Hernández explained that, “until now, drinking water was being used for some public maintenance and conservation services, such as cleaning streets and watering green areas, assuming a waste of quality supply for the citizen consumption ”. “The reactivation of the Madre del Agua Well allows us to obtain water that, due to its characteristics, can only be used for this type of ordinary task, while saving the resource that does meet the conditions for supplying the neighbors,” he said. .
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Under the strategic line set by the City Council to turn La Laguna into a more sustainable territory, Teidagua has carried out different works on the well, the oldest in the municipality, for its imminent reactivation. Although this facility served the population in the past, at the time of the city’s creation, it was currently inactive.
Although its supply is not suitable for human consumption, it is possible to use it for ordinary tasks, hence the joint venture has updated the well equipment to put it into operation, in order to provide water for cleaning roads and networks of drainage, sewerage and rainwater, as well as for the irrigation of parks and gardens. For this, the company has installed a new pumping system of eight kilowatts of power, being able to supply an instantaneous flow of 30 cubic meters per hour, and a new pipeline, with a diameter of 90 of polyethylene, up to the load points.
In parallel, a level probe has been installed, which has been integrated into Teidagua’s remote control system, to monitor the behavior and depth of the water table. This will allow to study its capacity of recovery through the rain to avoid its overexploitation and prevent possible floods.