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Water crisis persists in Uruguay, President warns

Montevideo, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) President Luis Lacalle admitted that the water emergency persists in Uruguay, despite the recent rains.

“The battle is not over, not even close,” the president told reporters in reference to the water crisis in Uruguay.

“We are in a complex situation, we cannot claim victory, it has to rain,” the president told a press conference.

His statements came two days after those of Secretary of the Presidency Alvaro Delgado, who noted that the “peak” of drinking water has passed, although he stressed that they must “continue to work as if it could continue without rain for a long time.”

“Let’s hope that reality changes and nature too,” the secretary said in reference to the drought of the last three years.

Meanwhile, the Paso Severino dam, the main water supplier for the capital and the Metropolitan Region, increased its flow to more than eight million cubic meters, out of a storage capacity of 70 million.

Paso Severino’s storage dropped to barely 1.7 million cubic meters of water, whose chloride and sodium levels returned these days to their historic values, below the limits set by the Ministry of Public Health for the emergency.