As published on The Yucatan Times last Wedenesday April 15th, water service was suspended for more than 77,000 people in the surrounding areas of Villahermosa, capital city of the state of Tabasco after a spill left oil in their water supply.
Several pumping stations in communities outside the Tabasco state capital were shut down earlier this week, leaving at least 200,000 people without water, many of them for more than 72 hours. Oil entered the Teapa, Sierra and Grijalva rivers from an illegally-tapped Pemex pipeline in the municipality of Jalapa last Sunday.
Worst affected was Pueblo Nuevo de las Raíces, where the Army was called in to distribute water from portable treatment plants. At least 60,000 liters of water was delivered to more than 7,000 people over two days.
On the contaminated rivers, Navy personnel continue working to corral and mop up spilled oil.
Officials gave the water a clean bill of health after testing with newly-installed, leading-edge laboratory equipment that will detect hydrocarbons and other undesirable substances. It will also serve the states of Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Yucatásn, Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Morelos, which do not have such equipment.
The gas chromatography system is the most advanced in Mexico.
The Security, Energy and Environmental Agency (ASEA) said it will make public its findings on the extent of the environmental damage to the rivers when its investigation is complete, probably in a matter of weeks, said director Carlos de Régules.
– Source: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/
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