Water ban “must never happen again”
Residents of Puerto de la Cruz who were affected by a lengthy drinking water ban are seeking assurances that it won’t happen again.
Thousands of home-owners and businesses were hit by the “don’t drink the water or cook in it” restriction which has now been lifted. It had concerned the areas of Las Dehesas, Las Águilas, Las Arenas, San Fernando, San Antonio-Esquilón, Taoro-Malpaís and La Vera.
Following the lifting of the restriction, there were still reports about the colour of the water, with some consumers reporting that their water was brown and had grit in it. However, Aqualia denied there had been any new problem and said that there had been an issue with one property but that had been resolved within a day.
A platform set up to complain about the situation says it wants assurances that the lengthy ban will not be repeated.
A spokesman said water was a basic commodity and if there wasn’t any drinking water or uncertainty about it, it turned Puerto into a third world village.
The water company had always argued that the “ban” was actually precautionary advice and has been resolved due to the installation of a new filter.