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Two thousand water tanks available for Isla Mujeres families in need

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — More than 2,000 water tanks are ready for distribution to families in need. Isla Mujeres Mayor Atenea Gómez Ricalde began the tinacos program July 10 that will see families in need of water tanks provided with a subsidy.

Families who qualify for the Tinacos Isla Mujeres program will receive a 75 percent discount off the cost of a water tank. A basic 450 liter water tank like the tanks used in the program average 2,600 pesos each, a cost that is out of reach for many. Families applying for a tank through the program are required to pay 25 percent of the cost.

Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández who is the head of the Social Development Department says people can apply for the tank subsidy July 10 to 21 at the Community Development Centers in both the Insular and Continental areas of Isla Mujeres.

Qualifying families will have their new 450-liter water tank delivered to their homes starting the end of July and into the beginning of August.

The proper tanks will eliminate the use of open buckets which is where many people store their everyday house water. The open bucket system can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a health hazard for those using them.