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  • Venezuelan officials are ensuring that the low-income classes receive water access first, before moving on to the affluent classes.

    Venezuelan officials are ensuring that the low-income classes receive water access first, before moving on to the affluent classes. | Photo: VTV

Published 13 March 2019

Eighty percent of the country's water supply is reaching citizens in 10 Venezuelan states.

Ninety percent of Venezuela’s water systems have been restored and pumping all but 30 percent of the country’s water supply to departments around the country, Minister of Water Administration Evelyn Vasquez said Wednesday.

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"We have 90 percent of operations recovered for drinking water. When I refer to operability, it means that the pumping systems are on and doing their job,” Vasquez told VTV.

“The other 10 percent we are incorporating gradually because we spent four days without the service and we must wait until the entire network of pipes is activated,” she said.

Over half of the hospitals in the capital have turned their water pumps back while around 30 percent of the city’s sectors are now receiving running water, moving from the lower income areas before the middle and high classes.

Meanwhile, some 226 semi-trucks and boats are being employed to bring water to health centers and communities, Vasquez said.

“We continue to work tirelessly to quickly resolve the water service,” she said in a Twitter post.

The state-owned Hidrocapital has maintained a potable water distribution plan to take the service through cisterns to different communities until the pumping systems are fully activated.

Venezuela has since last Thursday faced an attack on its electrical system executed with the participation of members of the U.S. government, as denounced by President Nicolás Maduro.

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