replied to the thread 2015 Drought.
on the Dominican Republic forum:
We have posted under the Hurricane thread concerning our Drought but thought that being in our second year of being actually recognized as a Drought that a new tread should be started.
I've talked about putting in rain harvesting gutters/systems and they work great BUT ya need da rain.
WELL? A deep subject? Not really.
A well was put in 300' feet inland from us and it has some salt. 500' from the Ocean. OK... good for the lawns and pool. (after over a year without any city water I'll consider anything.) The residence of that "community" rejected the water. OH... the water company has DOUBLED the price of water to them.
Our well was drilled and produced water the next day and we being much closer to the ocean got .....SWEET WATER with no salt taste. We have topped off the guest pool and filled one cistern. 7,000 gallons of clean fresh water in less then 5 hours.
Our neighbors just had one drilled too. Clean fresh water.
After over 15-16 months of water problems you would not believe our collective sigh of possible relief.
Still conserving but you can not believe what a difference being a little bit more dependent, secure and ????
I'll provide details when asked. Cost was around US $1,500 for the whole thing. BUT it was like a crap shoot... salt water or fresh?
replied on June 24, 2015 with:
We had a little rain the other night so we harvested a few hundred gallons into our cisterns. Installed a couple more Leaf Eaters in the gutter down pipes and very impressed and a lot less work for cleaner rain water.
We figured part of our well pump problems is the power. The control converter is sensitive to low electricity so the pump output goes down. Running 3 sprinklers in my 2 pasture areas and finally seeing some new growth but the horses are quick to see it too. I have to work on where to move 2 horses for some time to give me time to fertilize and water for ... about 3 weeks??? (the fertilizer can kill the horses.
My stallion is in his own large pasture that only has weeds so we don't water that. We did run a water pipe onto that property to keep his water bucket full.
I still have not seen anything in the D.R. papers about the drought. But I did find this via another web sight.
Caribbean swelters under worst drought in five years | Environment | The Guardian
The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to St Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.
Thanks to El Niño, a warming of the tropical Pacific that affects global weather, forecasters expect the hurricane season that began in June to be quieter than normal, with a shorter period of rains. That means less water to help refill Puerto Rico’s thirsty Carraizo and La Plata reservoirs as well as the La Plata river in the central island community of Naranjito. A tropical disturbance that hit the US territory on Monday did not fill up those reservoirs as officials had anticipated.
Puerto Rico is among the Caribbean islands worst hit by the water shortage, with more than 1.5 million people affected by the drought so far, according to the US National Drought Mitigation Center.
Tens of thousands of people receive water only every third day under strict rationing recently imposed by the island government. Puerto Rico last week also activated national guard troops to help distribute water and approved a resolution to impose fines on people and businesses for improper water use.
The Caribbean’s last severe drought was in 2010. The current one could grow worse if the hurricane season ending in November produces scant rainfall and the region enters the dry season with parched reservoirs, said Cedric Van Meerbeeck, a climatologist with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.
“We might have serious water shortages … for irrigation of crops, firefighting, domestic consumption or consumption by the hotel sector,” he said.
The Caribbean isn’t the only area in the western hemisphere dealing with extreme water shortages. Brazil has been struggling with its own severe drought that has drained reservoirs serving the metropolis of São Paulo
In the Caribbean, the farm sector has lost more than $1m in crops as well as tens of thousands of dollars in livestock, said Norman Gibson, scientific officer at the Trinidad-based Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute.
On St Lucia, which has been especially hard hit, farmers say crops including coconuts, cashews and oranges are withering.
“The outlook is very, very bad,” said Anthony Herman, who oversees a local farm cooperative. “The trees are dying, the plants are dying … It’s stripping the very life of rivers.”
Officials in Cuba say 75% of the island is enduring a drought that has killed cattle and destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of crops including plantains, citrus, rice and beans. Recent heavy rains in some areas have alleviated the problem some, but all 200 government-run reservoirs are far below capacity.
In the nearby Dominican Republic, water shortages have been reported in hundreds of communities, said Martin Melendez, a civil engineer and hydrology expert who has worked as a government consultant. “We were 30 days away from the entire water system collapsing,” he said.
The tourism sector has also been affected.
My daughter in California says that it is getting bad there. A mandatory 20% water reduction for everyone. The farms have also been hit hard. Even though they can reclaim "used" water the people will not go for it due to the "Yuck" factor. Little do most of them know, a lot of water for agriculture is reclaimed treated sewage waste water.
Have a good evening. Sereno
Colombia's pipes to nowhere: villagers die of thirst as corruption stalls dam project
Most large hotels in Puerto Rico have big water tanks and some recycle wastewater to irrigate green areas, but many have curtailed water use, said Frank Comito, CEO of the Florida-based Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
Other hotels have cut back on sprinkler time by up to 50%, said Carlos Martínez of Puerto Rico’s Association of Hotels. “Everybody here is worried,” he said. “They are selling water tanks like hot cakes … and begging God for rain.”
Guests at Puerto Rico’s El Canario by the Lagoon hotel get a note with their room keys asking them to keep their showers short amid the water shortage. “We need your cooperation to avoid waste,” says the message distributed at the front desk of the hotel in the popular Condado district.
At the Casa del Vega guesthouse in St Lucia, tourists sometimes find the water in their rooms turned off for the day, preventing them from taking a shower. “Even though we have a drought guests are not sympathetic to that,” hotel manager Merlyn Compton said.
replied on June 18, 2015 with:
With the little rain that the DR. had last month, I guess the Gov. has decided that the drought is over? I've not read anything saying it is or not. I know that my area still has no city water and after so many others re-plumbing so many water lines I don't ever expect a drop from Corraplata. Nor do I want any.
Endenorte showed up on Monday and connected the transformer to the box that they installed. No meter yet (fine with me) but jumped it so we could finish our electrical installation.
BINGO..... NEW WELL IS UP AND RUNNING for the pastures. Almost sweet but a very slight salt taste to it but should be fine for our horses, pasture and what the heck, me too. We had a little confusion at first since the well was not building pressure. After lots of ??? someone noticed that the last faucet way over thataway was on full blast. After closing that and fixing a couple of minor leaks we saw 50 psi real fast where the cut off is. We watched as one of our traveling lawn sprinklers crept along with hopes of saving what grass we can. 2 more sprinklers will be added tomorrow.
Our usual overcast skys just don't produce any rain. Thunder and lighting but no rain. I don't remember being is this long of a time with the overcast but it has cut my solar production by about 25% for just about a month now. The Generator kicks in for a hour some days when we are using more electric. Fine with me. It needs to run, diesel is getting older, I can run some AC and I'm not paying Edenorte.
A happier Sereno today...............and about time. ;)