“We live like dogs,” says CDR President
Cuba’s water company, Aguas de La Habana, withdrew its service to one town’s residents. Residents now carry water home from a nearby reservoir.
Cuba’s water company, Aguas de La Habana, withdrew its service to the residents of “Finca Pacheco,” (Pachecho Farms) in the borough of Marianao three years ago. Since then, the residents must carry water from a nearby reservoir for bathing, washing pots and sometimes, for cooking.
Maria Elena Perez Perez is president of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) # 6 and she’s tired of dealing with the evasions of government and public health authorities regarding the problem. She decided to talk to Radio Martí’s program Contacto Cuba, led by journalists Norma Miranda and Luis Felipe Rojas.In Cuba, water tank trucks are used to supply water to the cities. On the island, these tanks are referred to as “pipas,” or pipes.
“Three years ago the pipes that were coming to us were suspended. I went to the government of Marianao and had an interview with the first secretary of the party (Communist Party of Cuba, PCC),” says Perez.
Perez also said that the director of Aguas de La Habana , which had a three decade contract with the neighborhood and the city government, visited her home and promised that “in less than ten days, the problem would be solved.” It has now been a year and a half. The response from the capital has been, “There are no pipe tanks.”
“We live like dogs”
The pipes previously assigned to the area were free, but now cost between 250 and 300 pesos in national currency.
“We have to go up to the highway and see if some tank driver would take the risk to give us water. We had three who took that risk and now they are frightened and refuse to come. Now we don’t have any water, either free or paid for,” Perez said.
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