Gyms and pools in Mexico City They have restricted the use of showers in their facilities and reduced the days they offer service due to water shortages.
The low water storage in the Cutzamala Systemwhich provides the liquid to the Mexico City and municipalities of the State of Mexico, has made the businesses invest more than three thousand pesos a week in pipes to sustain your service. They also face the high demand for pipes, which delays the delivery of water to the establishments.
Jackeline Jiménez, 32, attends a gym belonging to the chain SmartFit in the colony Guadalupe Tepeyacin the mayor’s office Gustavo A. Madero. She uses the showers twice a week, since the water supply is not constant in her house.
In mid-January, the gym chain suspended shower service for two days due to lack of water. “Half the week I bathe at the gym and the other half at home. “My house is where the water supply has dropped a lot,” he told El Sol de México.
In this neighborhood of the Gustavo A. Made mayor’s officeThe water supply starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m.. The source of supply is the wells, they do not depend on the Cutzamala.
Cluster Sports World, a gym chain that has branches in municipalities such as Alvaro Obregon, Benito Juárez, Coyoacán and Cuauhtémoc, closed its pool located in the Manacar Towerin Insurgentes Sur, and this week announced the suspension of showers in all its clubs.
And although he assures that they compensate for the lack of water with pipe servicerecalled that “the priority in supply is hospitals and schools.”
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In an email he sent to all his members he explained that the pressure showers were suspended due to their high water consumption.
“We will continuously monitor the water level of the club in order to compensate with pipes the missing water. If when monitoring we detect risk to provide basic services, We will suspend access to showers, steam room and pool” is the message that the partners received.
The chain suggested take baths that do not exceed five minutesdo not let the water run when brushing your teeth and turn off the tap when shaving.
This newspaper attended the Torre Manacar branch, in the Benito Juárez mayor’s office, where staff confirmed that despite the restriction on showers, they have not had a drop in customers. This branch is in the Insurgentes neighborhood Mixcoacwhere according to Sacmex data, the supply is continuous.
In Mexico there is no data available on water consumption in a business of this type. In Spain, this problem was also experienced; the estimates of the Association of Catalan Fitness Club Companies (Adecaf) from Spain, they estimate that a person spends around 40 liters in the shower at a gym.
The Water cuts also affected swimming pools and swimming schoolswhich have had to close due to lack of liquid, like the Azcapotzalco Aquatic Centerwhich is in the colony Santa Bárbara in the Azcapotzalco mayor’s officewhich announced the suspension of the service only on January 27 due to lack of water.
“Dear user: We inform you that due to lack of water we will suspend activities. We regret the inconvenience this causes,” the aquatic center reported on its social networks. In this colony the delivery of water by Sacmex is from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The swimming school Swim-In is in the Del Valle neighborhood, in Benito Juárez, an area where the water shortage has not yet worsened.. According to Carlos Cárdenas, school coordinator, the business needs 20 thousand liters of water a week to be able to provide services.
But this year The situation changed, because since January 10, the business located on 1431 Amores Street receives very little water.and he knows this because the 10 thousand liter cistern can only be filled to a quarter of its capacity, so They invest three thousand 200 pesos a week in two 10 thousand liter pipes. The water supply by Sacmex begins at 5:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.
“Yes, they (the owners of Swim-In) had had this expense, but in the months of April and May, never on these dates. TEverything has worked normally, it has not affected the service, but it does affect your profits a little (pipe rental),” said Carlos Cárdenas.
Kids range, other Swimming school located in the Álvaro Obregón mayor’s office, in the Flor de María neighborhood, pointed out that it was notified by mayoral authorities about some water cuts in the neighborhood, so it does not “guarantee” the service in the coming days.
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“Well so far we haven’t had any problems. We have news that there are going to be water cuts and we cannot guarantee that it will not affect us in the future,” said the Rango Kids school assistant.
In the Flor de María neighborhood, in Álvaro Obregón, The supply is from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. These colonies are supplied by the Cutzamala System and wells.