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Tulum latest to be hit by CFE power failures

Tulum, Q.R. — Ongoing electrical issues across the state are now affecting the municipality of Tulum. This week, the municipality was also affected by the ongoing CFE blackouts that began around Quintana Roo in May.

Since May, the frequency of blackouts around the state has increased. Tulum mayor Diego Castañón said he was going to discuss the issue with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to find a solution.

On June 16, Tulum residents will be without power and full water while the CFE makes repairs. CAPA (Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado) has announced the municipality will have low pressure water flow during the time the CFE suspends power.

“Derived from the notice of suspension of the supply of electricity announced by the CFE for  June 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the CAPA operating agency in Tulum reports that the area will be interrupted of drinking water, so there will be low pressure or lack of supply throughout the city until the CFE concludes its work.

“The drinking water service will be normalized when the CFE reactivates electricity.”

On Wednesday night, the island of Isla Mujeres was also left without electricity, prompting Mayor Atenea Gómez to question the outage. According to Gómez, the problem was blamed a failure in one of the underground lines at Punta Sam.

On Tuesday night, nearly 40 percent of Chetumal was left without power, forcing some to sleep outside due to the extreme heat being felt across the state.

Residents in more than two dozen communities along the border have also voiced their frustration with the CFE due to the ongoing power failures. While there has been talk of insufficient infrastructure to meet public power demands, the CFE has not made any statement addressing the problems.