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.