2-DAY RATIONING COMES TO LA PLATA
As announced several days ago by the island's water utility, AAA, cus-
tomers served by the La Plata reservoir will start to see 48-hour water
rationing starting today. This means that running water will be on for
one day, off for two days, then back on. The affected towns are: Baya-
món, Cataño, Dorado, Toa Alta, Toa Baja and Vega Alta. La Plata's
water levels have been steadily decreasing all summer, as the worst
drought the Caribbean area has seen in decades continues to prevent
significant rainfall over the eastern two thirds of Puerto Rico. The Na-
tional Weather Service has declared this past July to be the fourth driest
month in the island's history. La Plata's level stands this morning at 35.
74 meters, falling 13 centimeters from yesterday.
EARTHQUAKES FELT ON NORTH COAST
Two earthquakes were felt on Puerto Rico's north coast early this mor-
ning. The first one was registered at 3:29 AM, and had a magnitude of
4.5. The quake was centered at latitude 19.5208 degrees north and lon-
gitude 66.3658 and had a depth of 72 kilometeres. The tremor was felt
in several municipalities, according to El Vocero. The second quake
happened at 5:23 AM, and had a magnitude of 3.4, with the epicenter
76 miles north of the city of Dorado. No tsunami warning or watches
have been issued as a result of the quakes.
PIERLUISI CONDEMNS GOVERNOR OVER DEFAULT
From The San Juan Daily Star:
New Progressive Party (NPP) President Pedro Pierluisi on Monday lambas-
ted the administration of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla for causing the first
non-payment of the government’s financial obligations in the island’s his-
tory after missing a $58 million payment on Public Finance Corp. (PFC)
debt, due this past weekend. “Today is a grim day in the history of Puerto
Rico. For the fi rst time in its history the government of Puerto Rico failed
to pay its obligations. The consequences of this irresponsible act will be
hard on all Puerto Ricans,” Pierluisi said.
LUXURY HOTEL BEING BUILT IN TORO VERDE
From Caribbean Business:
Jorge Jorge, the CEO of Toro Verde, a nature adventure tour company, laid
the first stone in the construction of a new luxury hotel, Nayara Toro Ver-
de, in Orocovis, which is projected to inject some $6 million into the lo-
cal economy. "Thanks to all of your support, and to always thinking about
being innovative, pioneering and at the forefront of ecotourism, we have
joined forces with Nayara Hotel, which is a five-star hotel of internatio-
nal recognition that is highly experienced in giving guests unforgettable
experiences, to build a hotel in the mountains of Toro Verde, which will
bring another perspective on luxury tourism and ecotourism to Puerto Rico,"
the businessman said.
PR FACES LITIGIATION OVER DEBT