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Monday, May 11, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For May 11, 2015


As reported this morning by El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico's publicly-owned
water company, AAA (Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados) will
announce its water rationing plan today at noon. It is expected to affect
200,000 water customers that are supplied by the Carraízo reservoir in
Trujillo Alto. This information was confirmed by AAA's press spokes-
person, Norma Muñoz. Carraízo's level was at 36.82 meters today, only
6.82 meters from the level at which it would have to shut down opera-
tions. Puerto Rico has  been going through a months-long drought with
no sign of serious rain for the immediate future, with an average rain de-
ficit across the island of 12 inches. Besides Carraízo, other reservoirs are
under observation for falling levels.

12:30 PM Update: Rationing will start this Wednesday. Areas affected
will be split into Zone A and Zone B. Each zone will have water service
cut off for 24 hours, every other day. The first one to be affected will be
Zone A (San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Carolina, Canóvanas & Gurabo), which
will have no running water on Wednesday. For more information, AAA is
referring customers to its webpage. Zone map is below.


From The San Juan Daily Star:

The Puerto Rico government plans to cut around 15 hours from the
monthly payroll of public employees who are not police officers,
teachers or correctional officers to save $50 million. The infor-
mation was provided Thursday by Luis Cruz Batista, director of
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in a radio interview
in which he spoke about the proposed $1.5 billion in budget cuts
for the next fiscal year as the government seeks to balance the
fi scal 2016 budget with expected revenues of $8.6 billion. “We
are excluding, of course, policemen, teachers and corrections
officers,” Cruz Batista said. “They will work 15 hours less per
month. It is 10 percent of the schedule.”


From Caribbean Business:

Expo de Turismo Internacional (ETI), the first international tourism
 expo in the Caribbean, will be held in San Juan May 13-16. “ETI-
Puerto Rico is designed to showcase the beauty, sports, nature, ad-
venture and gastronomy experiences available throughout the Cari-
bbean, bringing together members of the tourism industry from across
the globe,” an event release reads. ETI-Puerto Rico will be held at the
Puerto Rico Convention Center.


From News Is My Business:

Puerto Rican firm Robofusion PR on Wednesday unveiled what is po-
ssibly the island’s first robot-operated frozen yogurt machine, up and
running at the Econo grocery store in Cayey. The brightly colored ro-
bot dispenses Reis & Irvy’s frozen yogurt and comes in three models:
“The Cube,” “The Kiosk,” or “The Factory.” Depending on the model,
the machines require 12, 24 or 48 square-feet of space, and accept cash
or cards, he said. Owners can monitor sales real-time and through the
Internet, he said.

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