A thorough testing process has recently begun on the soon-to-be completed Panama Canal after the first water-saving basin of the Agua Clara Locks’ upper chamber had been filled, according to the American Journal of Transportation.
Contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) will proceed with filling the remaining intermediate and lower basins in order to ensure that the terms of its contract are met.
Jorge L. Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal, said: “The water used during each lockage comes directly from Gatun Lake, Panama’s main supply of drinking water, so it is absolutely critical we manage this resource responsibly.
“Managing and protecting the Canal watershed is a top priority for the ACP, which is why we are proactively instituting new and innovative systems such as these water-saving basins to ensure the viability of the Canal for years to come.”
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