Before the Drought, the Network Proposes to Find New Sources

The Inter-Agency Network that formed the Federation of Private Business Entities of Cochabamba (PCEF) to propose solutions to water shortages concluded that it is urgent to find new sources of supply to supplement Misicuni.

The commission presented an immediate action plan, for medium and long term. The FEPC president, Federico Diez de Medina, said the proposal will be socialized with institutions, municipalities, the government and national government to find the most appropriate solutions and build consensus. He stressed that “the drought that affects Cochabamba is serious, but if we have one or two more years without water, the situation will only get worse.”

He urged the people of Cochabamba to come to an agreement. “We cannot discuss, we cannot waste time, but rather we must work together to find the first results,” he said.


The representative from the Association of Emeritus Engineers of Cochabamba (Asieme), Fernando Pericón, proposed to improve and optimize the uptake of water from the mountains.

A means to attend to this emergency can be to pump water from the river Titiri through a pumping plants built in 1998. They can also use the waters from K’aparina from the basin Escalerani.

Another member of Aiseme, Gonzalo Maldonado, said that finding new sources will have impact, because Misicuni guarantees water until 2036. While the waters from Corani are committed to the hydroelectric projects, which will be cascaded.

Maldonado said that in the medium term they can reduce loss from the broken Mail Paso Mayu, that comes from Misicuni since 2005. In addition, lining the canals Neighboring Waterhed, Escalerani, La Cumbre, and build dams in the basin of Tiriti. In the city, they should reduce non-revenue water losses. In the long term are Misicuni and the diversion of the waters from the Chapisirca basin.


However, the study of data on rainfall and flow is essential to plan and prioritize projects, affirms Oliver Saavedra, the director of the Center for Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Bolivia (UBP).

Therefore, proposes 2 ways to advance in the monitoring of rainfall. The first is to increase hydro-meteorological stations, mainly in the mountain range, to measure rainfall and river flows. It is estimated that in order to do this requires an investment of 3.5 million bolivianos.

The second consists in evaluating the installation of meteorological radar that allows the measure of special distribution of precipitation throughout the region with high resolution. The investment for this type of equipment depends on the quality and varies from 4 to 7 million bolivianos.  


The proposal from the Inter-Agency Network “Water Commission” contains a list of actions that can be applied immediately to the emergency. It also has medium and long term suggestions that require undergoing study.

They are a part of a network of public and private institutions. In addition to the Federation of Business Entities of Cochabamba (PCEF), the Federation of Professionals of Cochabamba (Feproco), the Catholic University of Cochabamba, the Private University of Bolivia (UBP) and the Association of Emeritus Engineers of Cochabamba (Aiseme). The proposals will be send to the municipalities and the national government.


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