Chile faces unprecedented drought

(ORDO NEWS) — The Chilean authorities have decided to limit the water supply in the capital of Santiago due to years of drought. The situation was called unprecedented for the entire 491-year history of the city, according to The Independent.

The drought has continued in the city for 13 years, due to which the Maipo and Mapocho rivers have depleted water supplies – they supply the capital with a resource.

To solve the problem, the authorities introduced a public warning system – first, residents will reduce the water pressure, and then they can turn it off for up to 24 hours. The frequency of water shutdowns will be determined by the shortage of water in the rivers.

The water supply will be limited every 4, 6 or 12 days. Thus, interruptions in the supply of water will occur every day, but in different areas. The restrictions will affect about 1.7 million people. They will not affect those areas whose inhabitants use well water, and not river water.

“We must be prepared for the fact that there will not be enough water for everyone who lives here,” said the governor of the province of Santiago, Claudio Orrego. He added that this is the first time in history that the country will ration water supplies due to climate change, which has taken on a global character.

Earlier in March, it became known that Lake Peñuelas dried up in Chile due to drought. Over the past decade, rainfall in the central part of the Latin American country has been 45 percent below average, and in the capital Santiago, it was about 10-20 percent of the norm. Scientists estimate that 25 percent of Chile’s drought is due to climate change.

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