Sunday, July 26, 2015


From the internet: 


PANAMA is the biggest consumer, or most wasteful of water In Latin America but the supply in not infinite and with population growth forced the government has been to seek other water sources to meet the demand for drinking water.

Lakes Gatun and Alajuela, located within the watershed of the Panama Canal, are the sources of supply for the Canal's operations, but also provide water for 1.9 million people or more than 55 percent of the country's population, reports La Prensa.

According to Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano, the forecast of water consumption for the population in 2025 is 362 million gallons per day.
Panama is one of the countries with the highest water consumption rate in Latin America. According to a study, each person consumes 100 gallons of water per day or 379 liters, while the average in the region is 48 gallons or 177 liters.

"The state must lead the search for new water sources to meet the growing demand for human and industrial consumption resulting from economic and population growth," Quijano said.

The ACP operates and manages three water plants, which are located in Miraflores, La Chorrera and Colón. Lake Alajuela also supplies raw water to the plant in Chilibre, the largest in the country.

What is worrying, according to Quijano, is that new plants are being planned that are also located within the basin of the Panama Canal, which also needs the water to operate the locks.

He said the amount of water in the basin is not endless, and a long-term plan is needed to serve both interests.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Puerto Armuelles

From the internet:
Puerto has one of the most scenic ocean walks and has had plenty of history when Chiriqui Banana Company was there, There is a landing strip, golf course, administrative housing and a funky ocean front town. It also has plenty of crime since the company left and the unemployment rate went up and drugs became a plague there. Things could change if they fixed up the port.

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected the company Nathan Associates to develop, within three months, a business model to develop the port.

The project will include analysis and identification of the potential to attract investors to the market.
According to, “… this development plan … seeks to identify viable options for creating business opportunities and alternatives for intermodal transport and logistics systems … .”
Jorge Barakat, manager of AMP stated”… that over these months, international companies and diplomatic missions have shown interest on the part of companies from their countries in participating in the development project of Puerto Armuelles and others which will soon be implemented by the AMP … “