Uruguay suffers from a lack of water and in Montevideo there are reserves for ten days

The drought in Uruguay is only getting worse. In Montevideo they yearn for rain as soon as possible, given a shortage that left the capital’s main reservoir with barely ten days of water.

The lack of water is a correlate of what is happening in Argentina, where agricultural production was affected with losses of up to 20 billion dollars. In the Uruguayan case, it is the worst water deficit since 1949which affects the supply of thousands of homes and causes poor water quality.

The water levels of the Paso Severino reservoir, which supplies more than half of the 3.5 million Uruguayans, are in “record lows”according to the state company Obras Sanitarias del Estado (OSE), around 10 percent of its capacity.

According to the latest data, It has about 6.2 million cubic meters of water, far from the monthly average of 60 million. Some 650,000 cubic meters per day are needed to supply the capital.

The light precipitations of the last days “perspectives did not change”, said the OSE, although some rains are forecast for the end of this week. According to meteorologists, 50 millimeters of rain a day is needed until June for the level of the reservoirs to begin to recover.

The decrease in freshwater reserves in the country’s main reservoir forced the state company at the end of April to mix the supplies with water from the Río de la Plata estuary, resulting in unusually high levels of sodium and chlorides. There is a lack of water combined with water that is not drinkable and the indignation grows.

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Federico Kreimerman, president of the OSE workers’ union, He affirmed that the fault lies with the low rainfall, the mismanagement of supplies and the lack of state investment. Water for human consumption also competes with soybean cultivation, cattle ranching and forestry, he added.

From the government of Luis Lacalle Pou, in addition to waiting for the rain, they are evaluating additional measures, including a new reservoir to reduce the salinity of local drinking water.

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