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The Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital, in 2021. The establishment was affected in March by water cuts.

The disaster lasted greater than three weeks. In mid-March, a strike was declared inside the Guadeloupe Joint Water and Sanitation Management Union (SMGEAG), led by brokers of the UNSA union. “Nothing is wrong internally”notes, with the World, Béatrice Simion, union delegate. Three days later, whereas Guadeloupeans, accustomed to extra cuts induced by social actions, have been stocking up on the dear liquid, “malicious acts” have been dedicated in a number of factors of the archipelago, a number of pipes, together with one of many important ones within the community, being damaged.

The outcomes ? For a number of days, 130,000 properties have been disadvantaged of water, the operation of well being institutions (together with the University Hospital) was put in issue and this value some 600,000 euros in disaster administration for the SMGEAG, between large works restore and distribution of water bottles, a part of the logistics of which have been supplied by State providers. Two investigations have been opened for “aggravated destruction and endangering the lives of others” by the 2 public prosecutors of the archipelago.

“Now everything is back to normal”, signifies the SMGEAG communications service. Normal in Guadeloupe is water distributed and lower off at common intervals, roughly accentuated relying on the interval. “Installing water towers is the only way we can manage crises”be aware, bitter, Daniel Marianne, secretary normal of the SMGEAG supervisory fee. “The latter was created in 2021, and it is clear that everything continues to deteriorate”, he provides. Indeed, in accordance with a report presenting water figures, revealed in 2023, the speed of loss within the networks has risen to 62%. Still in accordance with this identical doc, this charge improved by 2.9 factors in 2020 (60.4%), earlier than “start slightly on the rise in 2021” (61.7%).

Increase in unpaid money owed

The charge of repairing leaks (goal set at 7,000 per 12 months) stays calm. According to inner technical stories, in January 2023, the every day charge of repairs had fallen from eighteen leaks to 6, prior to now rising to round thirty. “It was even two per day in February 2023”, notes regional prefect Xavier Lefort. With, as fast penalties, the lack of strain on the community, which decreased in all places in 2023, additional weakening the distribution of ingesting water, in addition to the fee of payments. And subsequently, the restoration capability of the union, whereas the latter is “a priority to increase the union’s financing capacity”recollects Mr. Lefort.

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