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We have  a  concession  for  the  water  and  a  special  group  regulates  it.  Each   parcel  gets  a  designated  amount  according  to  the  needs.   How  is  that  controlled?     Well,  right  now,  everyone  does  whatever  he  wants,  but  that  is  going  to   change.     Oh,  so  is  that  why  all  the  canals  are  piped  with  control  valves  now?   Yes…and  it  was  just  decided  that  there  will  be  a  person  in  charge  of  the   valves,  which  will  be  padlocked.    There  will  be  a  schedule  and  everyone   will  be  informed  and  get  the  amount  of  water  needed  for  their  property,  if   the  property  has  deeded  rights  to  it.   I  have  a  feeling  this  is  not  free  anymore?   True…the  concession  is  called  Superficial  Water,  and  there  will  be  a  one   time  charge  of  $2,000  pesos  per  hectare,  and  a  monthly  fee  of  $100  pesos   for  the  valve  control  person.   And  how  will  each  property’s  needs  be  determined?   It  will  be  the  responsibility  of  the  property  owners  to  come  to  our  office   to  discuss  their  needs  and  request  an  assessment.  If  you  need  six  or  seven   hours  of  water,  we  will  give  it  to  you.   That  sounds  fair  enough,  I  suppose.    So,  back  to  piping  the  canals…  a   lot  of  people  are  upset  about  so  many  old  palm  and  mango  trees   dying  and  shrimp  disappearing  from  the  free  flow  of  water   throughout  the  canal  system.  It  seems  to  have  gotten  worse  since  the   pipes  were  installed.    What  about  that?   Piping  the  canals  is  not  why  trees  have  died.    Water  was  being  wasted  in   the  canals…  in  fact  the  trees  were  getting  too  much  water.    Also  the  palms   were  drying  up  from  a  plague,  called  Pucudo  de  la  Palma.    No  foreigners   helped  us  fight  this  plague.  We  saved  many  trees  and  nobody  is  talking   about  that!  It  costs  us  a  lot  of  money  to  continue  to  do  this.    We  have  ten   people  working  every  day  on  it,  and  we  have  been  working  with  the   University  of  La  Paz.    Lots  of  those  dying  trees  are  green  again.     It  sounds  as  though  there  is  a  great  need  for  more  communication   between  all  of  us,  then.  

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