The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, coordinator of the Water Cabinet, carries out the consultation of the “Pact for Water” in the province of Santo Domingo, with the aim of finalizing a document through social and public consensus.

The event, headed by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Miguel Ceara Hatton, together with the members of the Water Sector Cabinet and members of the Greater Santo Domingo Water Thematic Table, aims to present the National Commitment Proposal for a “Pact for Water 2021-2036” and the Hydrological Diagnosis of the province, in order to build a country with water security for all Dominicans.

During the act, Minister Ceara Hatton explained the “Contextualizations on the water sector in Greater Santo Domingo”, with a view to improving the quality of life of the people.

The economist stressed that through consultations in all the provinces of the country, their needs are determined, based on the initial diagnosis that includes information, analysis and deficiencies.

He pointed out that with this meeting 31 provinces are added to the consultation work with society on the problem of water. At the end of the Elías Piña province, the final results will be sent to the Economic and Social Council, with the aim of completing a document that truly reflects the felt needs of the population, in order to turn it into a political consensus and a long-term state policy. term.

“We are looking for a solution to a problem that unfortunately will only have a long-term solution due to its size and complexity, the water problem is very difficult to solve in a short time and requires an investment of more than 8 billion pesos,” assured the Minister Ceara Hatton to the local media.

The presentation of the diagnosis of the water problem for Greater Santo Domingo was made by the director of the Water Cabinet Gilberto Reynoso.

Challenges of Greater Santo Domingo

Among the challenges presented by Greater Santo Domingo, the recovery of 64% of the water currently delivered and not used; increase the coverage of drinking water in quality, quantity and opportunity to 95% of the population; increase the coverage of sanitary sewerage and treatment plants to 60%; eliminate the causes of the degradation of the quality of the bodies of surface water, groundwater and coastal marine.

Also, increase the appreciation of the water resource by citizens; develop a culture of water in the population; achieve governance of water resources to an effective, stable and legitimate level and go from 32% regulation to 40%.

Problems of the water resources of Greater Santo Domingo

According to the diagnosis carried out for Greater Santo Domingo, eight main problems were identified based on the variable critical causes, such as: insufficient satisfaction of the population regarding the demand for drinking water in quantity, quality and timeliness; Insufficient infrastructure for collection and treatment of wastewater; limited regulation and storage infrastructure (dams); degradation of the quality of bodies of surface water, groundwater and coastal waters.

As well as the generation of diseases of water origin, both due to the consumption of poor quality drinking water, and due to contact with contaminated water; Increasing risk for the population associated with climatic events; Absence of governance for the good use of water resources and Scarce valuation of the water resource.

It is recalled that since January 2022, the Cabinet of the Water Sector and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development have carried out the process of socialization and consultation of the National Water Pact, at the provincial level. To date, the pact in 30 of the 32 provinces, with the participation of official institutions, private sector entities and social organizations linked to the water sector.

The meeting held at the Ministry of Economy facilities was also attended by Eduardo Julia, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and Wascar Martínez, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources.

In addition, government representatives, municipalities, universities, the private sector, civil society, among others.

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