Complicated summer for Giahsa due to breakdowns in the Sierra and the effects of a historical drought, which has forced the public company to double its efforts, both financial and human, to deal with a particularly difficult summer. The work to deal with the incidents, as explained by the executive director Manuel Domínguez Limón, “is being recorded at all hours, both the peaks of maximum heat and the highest at dawn, by our operators.

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The greatest deployment has occurred with the emergency start-up of the Rafael 3 well in Aracena and the work to locate and eliminate the presence of air pockets in the networks. The human effort is being titanic to solve such a high percentage of failures, so much so that we can speak of an unprecedented scenario”. The global investment made by Giahsa to deal with the situation in the different work fronts currently amounts to around 200,000 euros.

The first measure has been to reinforce the service with the hiring of “13 new plumbers and two production workers who are added to those who work regularly in the Sierra, equipped with new vehicles, to stop the real barrage of incidents that we are experiencing and that show the need to renew the networks, a task that corresponds to the municipalities with our support and technical advice”, he assured. The rest of the solutions, together with the restrictions on supply, continue to focus on the supply of water by tanker trucks, “an increasingly limited resource for logistical, economic and resource reasons in catchments,” warned Domínguez.

“We have to adapt the work shift schedules to deal with this situation,” according to Domínguez. For this, the system has been modified, with four work teams in the morning and the same number in the afternoon, seven days a week. The reinforcement of personnel, in addition to the own jobs that require the attention of incidents in the networks, will deal with the tasks of opening and closing the supply in the nuclei in which restrictions are currently being carried out: Aroche, Cala, Cumbres de San Bartolomé, Cumbres de Enmedio, Cumbres Mayores, Higuera de la Sierra, Hinojales, Puerto Moral, Santa Olalla del Cala, Valdelarco and the villages of La Umbría, Jabuguillo, Valdezufre and Las Cefiñas.

Both the data and the planning and investments that have been launched have been made known by Giahsa’s management to the members of the Permanent Commission of the Emergency Plan against Drought, in whose last session the representatives were also informed of the municipalities of the Sierra affected by the restrictions of the situation of the different supplies and the measures to be taken in the immediate future have been agreed upon. “We have explained to the members of the Commission that the key is that the Sierra de Huelva can have facilities as soon as possible to distribute and share the available resources, complementing them with the contribution of surface water from the Aracena reservoir”, the director of Giahsa has specified.

Difficult summer for Giahsa

The Strategic Plan for Networks, approved in the last plenary session of the Commonwealth of Services (MAS), is going to be the next big step for the municipalities attached to it to renew and adapt their networks and infrastructures. In the case of the Sierra, a total of nine municipalities will make an investment of more than 2.5 million for these improvements: Alájar, Aroche, Cala, Cortelazor, Fuenteheridos, Higuera de la Sierra, Jabugo, Puerto Moral and Santa Olalla of the Cala.

Giahsa continues to make “a call for everyone’s responsibility and awareness, since there is not enough water to cover needs, the days go by and the rains unfortunately do not come”. In this way, the public company insists on the recommendation to “do without those uses that are not strictly necessary as our best contribution to prevent the situation from getting even worse.”