For some people like 67-year retired teacher Romelia Machado—whose desperation to get clean water was evident on her face—the recent heavy rains have meant an interruption of daily life. Machado’s grandchildren have missed two days of school because without water, she couldn’t prepare breakfast for the family. Like many others, she showed up at the Cuenca Fire Department on Allcuquiro Street (next to María Reina de La Paz park) with three buckets and a barrel to get the water she desperately needed. The fire department has been providing water to people from one of several large water storage tanks located…
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