Last updated on October 11, 2018
Isla Holbox, Q.R. — Drainage work on the island of Holbox is reported complete by government officials who say that complimentary work will be done over the next several years.
The state’s Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA) says they have invested more than 40.9 million peso for the modernization of the drinking water network in five sectors of the island, which consisted of 25,790 linear meters of pipeline. They added that some of those replaced pipes were more than 40 years old.
The replacement pipes became an urgent matter during the summer of 2017 when ground contamination peaked and water pressure became virtually non-existent due to infrastructure damage.
CAPA says that now that the main infrastructure has been replaced, complementary work is planned to be carried out gradually in the coming years, for which they are already seeking resources, said Silverio Conrado Mariano Canul, manager of the CAPA operating agency in Lázaro Cárdenas.
“The budgets were not enough to make any complementary drainage on the island, but it will be done gradually over the next few years, for which resources will be sought to be able to carry out tes expansion,” he explained.
The island has grown a lot in recent years in both residents and in tourism, which was the reason given in 2017 for the collapse of the infrastructure.
On July 30 of 2017, islanders closed the ferry crossing to visitors for a day, saying the island was without proper electricity, water and drainage for which they needed time to repair.