Havana, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will increase water investments seeking to mitigate the effects of the drought in 2017, which will represent additional expenses of more than $37 million USD, said today a senior official of that sector.
Antonio Rodriguez, deputy president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH), told parliamentarians of the Committee on Industry, Construction and Energy of the Parliament, that after the decision taken by the Government the total amount will be higher than $480 million USD.
According to Rodriguez, the additional expenses are the result of the need to prioritize the works in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus (east and central), as well as in cities of other territories due to the long-lasting lack of rainfall.
Rodriguez told the Prensa Latina news agency that the program includes the construction of new pipeline, drilling wells and the importation of pumping devices to move water to places with shortage.
He said that this decision shows the importance that the country gives to programs targeting the proper and efficient use of water resources and particularly to handle the problems related to climate change.