Peru on alert: Water supply at risk, could be rationed in 2009

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Glaciers melting at a record-breaking pace and the forecast of little rain has worried and put water companies in the Andean country on alert.

SEDAPAL, one of Peru’s largest water companies, has warned that the country’s water supply is at risk.

Guillermo Leon, the president of SEDAPAL, announced that the company has officially put out an alert, stating the water supply is at risk because of shrinking glaciers and forecasts of little rain.

He explained that Lima’s water could be rationed in 2009 the way it was in 2004 if Peru’s water reserves are not administered more efficiently.

In a recent report released by Peru’s El Comercio, it was revealed that the government’s "Agua para Todos" (Water for Everyone) program was adding people to the country’s water system without increasing its supply.

The program will have introduced over 900,000 new families into Lima’s water supply system by the end of this year without having found any new sources to meet this demand.

The daily also pointed out that while there were people in Lima’s poorer districts that lived on 36 liters of water (3 days for a family of six) there were others that used thousands of liters on the same necessities.