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CAPA repairs broken water line from Chiquilá to Holbox

Holbox, Q.R. — The entire island of Holbox was without water Monday after a break in the main line. In a social media notice, CAPA reported the break and said that water to the island had been cut so they can make repairs.

“The operating body of CAPA in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas informs the population of the island of Holbox that there was a break in the submarine line that brings drinking water from the port of Chiquilá to the island, for which reason pumping has been stopped to carry out the corresponding repair.

“CAPA personnel are working on the repair and it is expected to be completed Monday evening when they will be able to reactivate the operation and recover the pressure in the network.

“A call is made to the population, to the providers of tourist services, hoteliers and restaurant owners to make rational use of the drinking water stored in their cisterns to solve the situation until the service is restored. Thank you for your understanding and collaboration,” they posted Monday.

As of Tuesday, the company had not posted any update on the water line repair.

CAPA repairs broken water line from Chiquilá to Holbox
Divers removed the six meters of broken waterline that runs from the mainland to the island of Holbox

Abel Darío Oxte Medina, CAPA head in Lázaro Cárdenas, said that two dive teams in two boats began working on installing the new six-meter long pipeline Monday morning.

To do this, he explained, they had to remove several concrete berths to be able to remove the 10-inch-diameter tube. After replacing the line, they then had to add 60 sacks of gravel to secure the new pipeline to the bottom of the sea.

“Climate change complicates the situation because there is a lot of wind, but the work continues,” he said.