Mud in historic center could last the whole month

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

In the last few weeks, with the first rainfalls some streets in the historic center have filled with mud. The dirt comes from trenches dug by SAPASMA (San Miguel Water and Drainage System) on calles Correo and Murillo, which will be extended to Núñez and Mesones. The director of SAPASMA, Francisco Jiménez, said the work is very necessary and that the private company responsible for it has instructions to preserve the dirt to refill the trenches as well as to clean up when the dirt is dragged by water to the historic center. The work is scheduled to last the whole month.

When the first rainfalls came, dozens of kilograms of mud were dragged to the historic center and deposited on streets such as San Francisco, Correo, Reloj, Mesones, Hidalgo and Canal, even in the Jardín. The mud makes the streets impassable in places; when it dries, passing vehicles churn up the dust.

Jiménez said workers are replacing a sewer line that starts near Glorieta de Allende on Salida a Querétaro, crosses the Cañada of el Atascadero, passing through the arch, and follows a path through Santo Domingo and connects with Correo, Murillo, Núñez, ending in Mesones and Puente de Umarán. This line will transport the sewage from la Luciérnaga, el Atascadero and Palmita de Landeta. The 45-centimeter plastic pipes should have a useful life of about 25 years.

The SAPASMA director said the dirt will be used to refill the trenches to protect the plastic pipes and the contractor was asked to protect the dirt from rain in order to avoid the current mud problem. The contractor was also asked to clean up the historic center immediately. The rains on Friday, July 27, caused the same problem again.

According to Jiménez, the contractor did try to clean up Centro. “Some residents on the affected streets collected the mud in bags and personnel working for the contractor picked up the bags later,” he said. Sara Maldonado, who lives on calle Reloj, said, “No one from SAPASMA has come here to clean the streets or to pick up the bags of mud. They washed down San Francisco Street and the mud was dragged to this street again. We collected it in bags and municipal street cleaners picked it up.” Other residents said the same.

This project, said Jiménez, will be finished by the end of August. He added, “We live in a touristic city, so we must be very careful with our work, but this sewer line is very necessary. Always there will be unconformities, but we are doing this to guarantee good service for sanmiguelenses and to avoid future blockages. In Centro, the useful life of the water sewage pipes has ended, and sooner or later they must be replaced.” To register a complaint about deposits of earth or muddy streets caused by the SAPASMA work, call 152-4641 between 8am and 9pm and personnel from SAPASMA will take care of the situation.

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