Yet another article published by cubadebate under the title "We Waste Too Much Water in Cuba " officially summarizes the situation as follows:
"Every year, Cuba loses 1,011 millions of cubic meters of water, the equivalent of the Zaza reservoir -- the biggest on the island -- at full capacity. The most disturbing part about the loss of our water resources is the immense waste which amounts to 16% (279 million cubic meters) which leak out of the pipes en transit while another 349 million or 20%, leak out once they reach the aqueducts. 383 million cubic meters of water are wasted in the installations between houses alone, a phenomenon manifested in all the provinces and municipalities and due to the culture of waste rampant throughout the country."
The article can be read here:
Sheesh"and here I was thinking that the CIA had sabotaged Cuba 's public water system for sure.
So, while the population of Cuba suffers and must survive on rations of a couple of buckets of water per day for drinking, flushing the toilet, bathing, cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning and doing laundry, cubadebate also reports that the number of tourists to the island is expected to increase to 2.9 million in 2012. The announcement quotes Xiomara MartÃnez, Viceminister of Tourism, boasting with pride that Cuba has approximately 58,000 hotel rooms ready to welcome tourists with plans to develop the infrastructure of the hotels to build another 10,000 rooms between 2013 and 2016. She that "the Cuban authorities pay meticulous attention to the development of all areas devoted to tourism including their biodiversity."
She is quick to clarify that "the US blockade against her country is a major obstacle in attracting high class tourists who would arrive at the ports by cruise liners, etc. However, she added, Cuba has succeeded in establishing many channels to promote and develop its tourist products."
But, of course"it's the embargo, stupid! You know that I knew that the hand of the imperialist Yanki pigs was somewhere in there, hidden in plain sight, meddling with Cuba 's water system, causing all the leaks, poking holes in the pipes and driving the cost of materials up in all the state-owned, dollar-only stores while causing shortages in the others. But I admit I was wrong, it wasn't the CIA that sabotaged Cuba 's water system, it was the embargo that did it after all. For sure.
However, the story doesn't end there. As we Cubans say " como son las cosas cuando son del alma" (as are all things which come from the soul), t he truths of Cuba can be found in the most unexpected places and in the most mundane ways. Often times, the truth is found not in what is said but, rather, in what is not said. For example, here's this little gem published by cubadebate at the beginning of the year:
" Havana Aqueduct To Be Repaired With Help From Kuwait "
Help from who? Kuwait you said? The US good pal/neo-colony in the Middle East that had to be liberated from Saddam Hussein , Kuwait ? Corrupt, imperialist, totalitarian, subordinated to the empire, natural-enemy of Socialism , Kuwait ? That Kuwait ? Yessir, that Kuwait !
According to the above article, this is the third such project that Kuwait and Cuba embark on together inside the island. Yet, the people of Cuba have no water and no sewer system. I do endeavor to point out, however, that the 2.9 million tourists who visited Cuba in 2012 and stayed in the 58,000 rooms located in the myriad of luxury hotels that now litter the island from coast to coast sure did have running water and flushing toilets and a brand new sewer system in each resort complete with water fountains, Jacuzzis and swimming pools (as many as three each). So I just can't help but wonder if Kuwait was the one that built all the modern water and sewer systems for those tourist resorts where Cubans in the island are not permitted to vacation, because of the embargo, of course. When it's all said and done, the Cuban people don't seem to be the most valuable human beings after all. So that, at the end of the day, they are left out in the heat screaming "Aguaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"
PS: On 12/22/12 , the Cuban government announced a price increase for water. According to Ine's MarÃa Chapman, President of INRH (National Institute of Hydraulic Resources), "each individual will pay a corresponding tariff in order to develop a policy of national savings." It is not clear whether the increase would apply also to the water carried in buckets, pails and plastic jugs. And with that announcement, the government wishes the people of Cuba a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.