Illegal water usage could result in fines of up to 600,000 pesos
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Ulises Valenzuela Delgado, president of SAPASMA (System of Potable Water and Sewers of San Miguel de Allende), said that in San Miguel 30 percent of water lines leading into residences are not registered with SAPASMA, and some of them have been uncovered in housing developments.
Valenzuela said that following reports by residents the water department discovered an illegal water line leading into a private home, whose owners used to sell water in tanks with capacities of 10,000 and 25,000 liters. A criminal complaint has been filed at the Ministerio Público (District Attorney’s Office).
In another such case, the owners of the new gas station on the Libramiento Zavala had installed a water line that was never registered with SAPASMA; they were fined 100,000 pesos. Valenzuela said that having clandestine water lines can result in fines of 60,000 pesos in private homes and 600,000 pesos in commercial establishments, because it is a federal crime.
After finding these irregularities, SAPASMA began an inspection program to uncover all irregular usages of water lines, beginning in housing developments. They discovered that in El Secreto, Rincón del Cielo and El Encanto there were more than 30 such illegal connections, and the water was being used to irrigate green areas and to fill swimming pools as well as for domestic use. Those responsible, according to Valenzuela, refused to sign an agreement with SAPASMA and for that reason a criminal complaint will be brought against them at the Ministerio Público.
The program to find illegal water connections will continue in the city. Valenzuela urged all those committing this crime to go to the SAPASMA office to get information on how to sign an agreement. To report illegal water lines, call 152-4429.