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Montevideo’s water reserves grow

Montevideo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The reserves of the Paso Severino dam, which supplies water to this capital and the metropolitan area, continue to rise today thanks to the latest rains.

Its flow increased by more than eight million cubic meters between August 18 and 19, when it rained heavily on the basin of the Santa Lucia River, the main source of water supply.

A press release from the Presidency of the Republic said that the dam has a little more than 23 million cubic meters, which represents 33 percent of its capacity.

The message also assures that the values of chlorides and sodium have decreased significantly in the pumping lines to the capital.

Earlier, meteorologist Mario Bidegain declared the drought in Uruguay to be over, according to a message he posted on social networks

“The drought is over”, he wrote on his Twitter account and shared an image showing the accumulated rainfall in the country, where an agricultural emergency is in force due to the drought.

The expert described as historic the satellite image that shows accumulated rainfall of more than 100 millimeters in the Santa Lucía basin.

This is the region where almost half of the Uruguayan population lives and where a water emergency has been declared, for which the government is carrying out hydraulic works and supplying bottled water to vulnerable sectors of the population.