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Icod de los Vinos acts to avoid further cuts in drinking water 

Icod de los Vinos council has promised action to avoid more cuts in the supply of drinking water.

The authority has announced measures to improve the supply network, as well as the installation of portable tanks and an overall analysis of the network.

In recent months, there have been a number of cuts as happened for more than 20 days in July.

However, the present council is blaming the previous administration for “lack of foresight to meet the peak demand that occurs in summer.”

“The main tasks have been to feed the different tanks, alternating the water from one supply to another to prevent voids, as well as to solve the breaks and losses of water immediately, thus avoiding the detriment that this involves for residents,” said a council spokesman.

Negotiations are taking place with the Insular Water Council and with different suppliers to raise the levels in the tanks.

The council also intends to continue with the replacement of pipelines that are in poor condition, as well as the acquisition of portable tanks that will be used to maintain the supply while others are repaired in the event of damage.

In the meantime, the Cabildo is managing the construction of a header reservoir that allows the storage of enough water to be distributed in areas where problems may arise.

In addition, it is planned to completely renew the network that has to be implemented in phases, in actions to be carried out within the sewerage of the municipality, which in a short time has to be implemented as a requirement of the European Union.

The Mayor of Icod de los Vinos, José Ramón León said the previous administration had promised no more water cuts but on the day the new council took over, reserves in the tanks were so low that they had to act immediately to avoid the cuts in the day and at night.

He believed the short-term problem had now been solved but this was always subject to any major incident which might force cuts in certain areas of the municipality.

Councillor for agriculture, José Domingo Alonso said they had noticed a recovery of the water levels in the deposits and now had detailed control over them to hopefully avoid further probems.