Gualeguaychú, a city where there is a lack of water and a woman goes out to distribute it in her own car

I don’t know if it is the height of injustice, of the inability of politicians or of Argentina in the abstract. But the height of all these things is living in Entre Ríos and not have water. It seems like a bad joke, but that is what is happening in the city of Gualeguaychu. Officials say only 150 people are affected. I don’t know if they are very distracted, they don’t know how to count or they are directly liars. But just by looking at the note we presented in Telenight, you are going to realize that the neighbors without water must be many more.

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It is worth noting that the person responsible for all this mess is not -alone- the administration currently in charge. The problem is long-standing and -unfortunately- much more serious and complex. The water supply system in the city is mixed (water treatment plant and wells) and that never finished working. It’s a long story of management incapacity, lack of foresight and unfinished works. But none of this is an excuse. The suffering of the people cannot be overcome with explanations.

And in the midst of this scenario, to which we add the unbearable heat wave that is hitting the entire country, there is a person. And she is the protagonist of our story. While we all complain about the lack of air, the perspiration and the incandescence of the environment in general, in Gualeguaychú, we find Natalia. She suffers from the heat like everyone else, but she took the time to look around.

He realized something that those responsible for the Government, public works and drinking water in particular, had not noticed. It was something obvious: many residents of Gualeguaychú opened their faucets and no water came out of there. It was something obvious. Natalia realized something indisputable: many in the city that is on the banks of a river, had no water.

Some were even without electricity. And that also has to do with the theme. Many residents in Gualeguaychú, faced with the usual seasonal lack of water, dug their own wells in the patios of their houses. But then they lost power, so the pumps became a decoration. It is a painful postcard of how frustrating this beautiful country can be.

Natalia did not stay in the complaint. It could have done so, since this week, in addition to being one of the hottest in history, is going to remain in national anniversaries as National Complaint Week. She didn’t stop at that and went out to help. He had very little to give, but he gave it all. In the end it was just about distributing water. And with some empty drums, a car that drives when it wants and the desire to lend a hand, he gave it a go.

Gualeguaychú, a city where there is a lack of water and a woman goes out to distribute it in her own car

The family car starts only if you put a little gasoline on the carburetor. El Toreto (that’s the name they gave the yellow Ford) can stay on any corner. It suffers a lot from the heat and when the temperature rises, it overheats. But it will never let you down. A little push and it starts. That slightly dilapidated yellow car is like Argentina: It doesn’t work very well, but it has a huge heart, like Natalia’s. And it is not a little.

But I was in Gualeguaychú one day and without being a civil servant and in pencil I can say that there are many more. And you will be able to verify it in the note that we present in Telenoche.

What is the height of Argentina? Living in Entre Ríos and not having water.

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