Cuba prioritizes development of water infrastructure

Cuba prioritizes development of water infrastructure

Cuba assigns more than 100 million pesos annually for the maintenance and execution of water transfers and associated works, which guarantees the mitigation of flood impact, support to food production and water supply to the population.

There are 10 water transfer systems in the country with an uneven exploitation regime, for which maintenance actions totalling around one million pesos are being carried out in 2020, according to a report in the digital publication Cubadebate.

This hydraulic infrastructure covers about 292 kilometers of canals and tunnels, which allow the transfer of 262 million cubic meters of water annually, and this year are expected to move 104 million cubic meters, Yoel Llorente, vice president of Integrated Management of Land Water said.

On the other hand, Roberto Pupo, director of the Engineering Services Company - Integrated Management of Transfer Projects (ESI-DIP TRASVASES by its Spanish acronym), noted that three big reservoirs have been identified in the country: Center-East, East-West and North-South, which are under construction but already benefit more than 52,600 agricultural hectares with irrigation.

At the same time, Antonio Rodriguez, president of the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INRH by its Spanish acronym), explained that the transfers are included among the National Hydraulic Plan programs and are not works for droughts, but to compensate the use of water, taking it from where it is in abundance to where it is in deficit, and to where it is needed for the crops and the population.