Water crisis needs radical changes in Idaan

LAKE Gatun provides water for human consumption and for the Canal locks.

 
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Panama’s Chamber of Commerce (Cciap) has joined the  Canal Authority (ACP) in voicing concerns about the future of the country’s water supply and has called for a radical transformation of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewerage Systems (Idaan ).

In a  Sunday, July 14  statement:  "Water As a National Concern," the Chamber says  a clear symptom  is the cyclical need for the Canal  to adjust the navigation depth to its water capacity, "adjustment  … as a consequence of climate change and which is confirmed in the last six months- as the lowest volume of rainfall in the Canal basin ", according to rainfall  records in the last 100 years

The Cciap says that for decades the need to ensure water reservoirs has been recognized, both "for the operational sustainability of our main asset and to provide it in a safe way to all Panamanians", an indispensable condition to ensure quality of life, in terms of delivery and geographical coverage.

"It is to be hoped that we have matured enough to understand that we cannot delay more to see materialized viable solutions and practices that, in addition, fully guarantee the rights of the communities to be involved," the organization adds.

It emphasizes that the irresponsible waste of the liquid and the "high delinquency" on the part of users, together with the administrative inefficiency of the Idaan, demand a managerial execution differentiated by the quality in the rendering of the services and the profitability of the entity.

"You cannot continue experimenting with an entity completely out of step with the dynamics of the country and the one imposed by the demands of our development," said the Chamber.



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George Klk

Panama | 3 Gorges Dam: Video animation link below. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMBhCFE3sOM

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Elevator Lift and Sea Salt Resolution...The China 3 Gorges Dam resolution was flooding a river to hundreds of feet with a dam and what may have been sea salt. There was no indication of fresh water having been affected and changing the eco system other than removal of residence. Panama elevator lift may introduce sea salt into the lake unless a system is built in to flush out the sea salt before the ship is lifted to the lake level. The time factor to flush the sea salt may slow the process and weight consideration has to be automatically adjusted for water displacement. Panama has the advantage of an 85 foot lake level. Panama ships would be considerably smaller and geared toward heavy machinery. Panama ships traverse the isthmus in a very short distance to the opposite side of the ocean. As the ship rises to the 85 foot mark, water may be available to dilute the sea salt and displaced. Hopefully, this technicality will be resolved before it is prematurely dismissed.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | G Captain: Board Elects New Panama Canal Administrator gcaptain.com/board-elects-new-panama-canal-administrator/ … The Panama Canal Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Ricaurte Vasquez as the next Panama Canal Administrator, succeeding current Administrator Jorge L. Quijano who will conclude his seven-year term at the helm of the waterway later this year. Mr. Vasquez will take office on September 4, 2019 … Ricaurte Vasquez has more than 30 years of experience in financial and international capital market management and in the public sector. He served as Minister for Canal Affairs and Chairman of Panama Canal Board of Directors (2004-2006), deputy administrator (2000-2004) and finance director (1996-2000) for the waterway, playing a role in laying the groundwork for the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Recently, he served as General Electric’s executive director (2013-2015), vice president, and CEO for Central America and the Caribbean (2008-2011). He has a PhD in Managerial Economics and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also has a Master’s Degree in Economics from North Carolina State University. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ricaurto Vasquez will be making the determination on the advancement of the Panama canals. Ricaurto Vasquez may decide there is a cost effective design using the elevator concept from China's 3 Gorges Dam. Mr. Vasquez will take office on September 4, 2019 and maybe he will see the merit to a new method of saving Panama's water and increasing the commercial maritime trade industry through Panama's increased ship transits with his vast experience and expertise. The question remains, will the project of elevators be constructed through the United States or China. It may have to be one or the other. The world will be watching for the new Panama canal administrator.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Previous Administration Was Fraught With Incompetence The new President Cortizo is working to correct the incompetence and lawlessness. Cortizo is determined to make things right by bringing back true prosperity. Money has to be invested appropriately with accountability and verification. Water concerns usually occurs when there is abundance but less rainfall makes us all irresponsible. China engineers could have resolved the water depletion issue a long time ago but instead chose to capitalize on a proposal for a new $16 billion canal expansion without knowing where to get the water needed. China's $16 billion new Panama canal expansion sure sounds like predatory lending with concessions in the works. Good going China except...the world catches on but with their own greed. China could have proposed the elevator like their 3 Gorges Dam, but did not! What happens when a majority of the world is under water? Where do we get fresh drinking water? Panama of all places may need to build artificial floating communities complete with a fresh floating water facility. When Panama rains...it rains and rains and rains until they drown in it. The United States needs to control intellectual property from their adversaries. Panama needs to control and make efficient use of how their water is used. International cooperation is needed but not to the extent that other nations look for an advantage with leverage against the United States. Water is one of those leverages, like oil can really be the start of a new war! Panama's should initiate with business leaders the elevator and shipping schedule strategy plan. Shipping schedule strategy plan based on weight and essential priorities is in the interest of... the U.S. / Panama / World...national security.

4 months ago
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eugenie

It was a mistake for Panama to allow a private company to control the country's water, as a for-profit business. By definition, IDAAN's greatest concern is making profit, not providing water, conserving water, or meeting needs. Observe no more than a mile in any direction and you will find waste, inefficiency, and incompetence. IDAAN must pocket every penny they charge for pvc glue, because pipes are consistently stuck together without it. There are not sufficient cut-off valves to make an efficient system. Pipes are left lying alongside roads, across road, above roads, vulnerable to every passing vehicle. Frustrated people cut pipes, steal pipes, and install their own pipes, rather than wait the unreasonable amounts of time for IDAAN to repair damages or respond to needs. IDAAN is not in the business of caring whether there is sufficient water to meet the needs of the country, but The People are. Water needs to be a public utility where it can be observed in it's entirety. We all need to be aware not only of how our water is used and cared for, but where it comes from. Deforestation is the beginning of desertification, destruction of soil, and the loss of complete ecosystems. If you think that can't happen here, research the origins of the the world's great deserts. They weren't always deserts. We're on the track to our own destruction and while George's elevators sound like a great idea, they can't save us from destroying the source of life.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Water Crisis Solution...Elevator Type. China uses an elevator for its 3 Gorges Dam. Ships are raised to 370 feet in 10 minutes! Catch...only 18 ships. Panama level lake is only 85 feet! Ships can be raised to 85 feet in 2 - 3 minutes! About...72 ships. Ships are able to carry multiple tiers of vehicles according to video. Video links through the Wikipedia.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Water Crisis...continued. Heavy machinery and equipment can be transported to the lake level and loaded on ships. A lifting elevator can be designed for extremely heavy volumes for machinery, equipment, etc. A multiple rail transport system can be designed for fast efficient delivery to the lake and ships. Benefits: Saving tremendous volumes of water, job creation and tourism.

4 months ago
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George Klk

Panama | Water Crises Solution Panama Canal Authorities should try to bring the heavy machineries, heavy equipment and vehicles through first during the heavy rainy season when the lakes are full. The light weight products such as office supplies, clothes, jewelry, blankets should be brought later. The container ships are stacked with heavier products at the bottom and lighter products at the top. The container ships tops can be stacked with lighter equipment. In the event the lake level begin to get low, the lighter stacked ships can go through in more volume. Essential light products such as iPads, smart phones and medicines should go first. Includes light food products and later heavy cattle and grain. When the water level is low more volume of clothes and jewelry can be added without ongoing draft restrictions. All the products should be able to get through based on the scheduling strategy.

4 months ago
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