The environmental groups in it chame district they have started to warn that he decline in it Chame river floweventually will force the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) to reduce the production of drinking water.
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He river level has dropped significantly not only for the deforestation in the upper basinbut also for the proliferation of illegally built dams by farm ownersaccording to environmentalists.
Two weeks ago, the Chame municipality started a process of destruction of more than 100 mini dams along the channel of this river.
For the Regional Director of IDAAN in West Panama, Marta Albarracinthesituation is not yet criticalDue to the construction of a dam and the cleaningto of the pickup socket of water
Thanks to these measures, the treatment plant continues producing seven million gallons per day.
However, in the hours of the night is paralyzed for five hours one of the two raw water pumping equipment, leaving the water treatment plant working still 50% of its capacity.
According to Ing. Albarracin, this measure has not affected he potable water supply during the hours of the day.
To register a greatest decrease in the flow of this riverone of the first measures to adopt it would be the decrease in it raw water pumping schedule, seeking not affect water productiondeclared the Eng. Albarracin.
The situation, with the network of underground wells that supplies most of the population of Chame, is also worrying, due to the drop in the level of the groundwater table during the summer months.
He Actual state of the Chame River has also been a reason of discussion to the internal of Municipal Council of this districtwhere the councilors have edemanded from the Ministry of Environment do not grant more permissions of water with agricultural purposes.