Monterey, NL, Residents of various communities in the rural municipalities of Allende and Montemorelos set fire to PVC pipes belonging to Monterey Water and Drainage Services (SAD) to prevent the pipes connecting to the Ramos River and supplying water to residents of the metropolitan area. state capital.
The state civil defense assured that the incident was committed by residents living near the tributary, during the early hours of yesterday, who had already expressed their dissent over the intention to divert water from the said channel.
The annoyance arose after the government led by Améstaa Samuel García announced the withdrawal of 500 liters of water per second from the Ramos River, located in that citrus-growing region, in order to supply the Monterrey metropolitan area in other ways, as one of the Its main source of supply is the Cerro Preto Dam located in the municipality of Linares, which is drying up.
The burning pipe was placed on one side of the road to Fraile on the border of Allende and Montemorelos, which is interconnected between the two demarcations of the Ramos river.
“Liquid is also scarce in the sour zone”
On Friday, residents of the Paso Hondo, Fraile, Terreros and El Porvenir communities demanded that state agency workers remove the pipes because they were not allowing them to draw water, because of the lack of water in that area, civil defense personnel reported. There is also a shortage. liquid.
Responding to the disgruntled citizens, SAD activists mentioned that it was not for the evacuation of liquid but for road construction work in that area.
After talking, the locals left the site; However, the pipes were set on fire during the first hours of yesterday and the authority blamed the residents of those towns.
In addition, during the morning, residents of cities such as Paso Hondo, Jauregui, Buena Vista, El Fraile blocked a section of the national highway for at least two hours, at kilometer 226 on both sides of the road. , demanding that “they do not take water from the river.”
lift the blockade
Hundreds of private and heavy vehicles got stuck in long lines, prompting public security elements to mobilize to ask the protesters to lift the blockade.
One of the protesters said that “the governor, wanting to solve a problem, is harming us and we also have the right to water.”
The road closure ended at about 1:40 after Allende’s municipal president, Patricia Salazar Marroquin, agreed, that next Monday he would meet with Juan Ignacio Barragán Villarreal, the director of water and drainage services, to discuss the closure. The project and that supply to the local people is not affected.
Last Tuesday, Barragán Villarreal warned that as the Cerro Preto dam was about to run dry, the number of neighborhoods needing supplies via trucks increased.