Analysis: After 13 years of drought, will water rationing be the new normal in Chile?

Recently, the Ministry of Public Works released the Water Situation Report and Summer 2022 forecast, which ratifies the complex situation. Chile completed 13 years of drought and 2021 was the fourth driest year in the country's history since 1950, only surpassed by the droughts of 1968, 1998 and 2019.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The severe drought began in the country more than a decade ago. Lack of rainfall. High temperatures. These are some reasons that have caused many cities and towns, such as Petorca, Caburgua, Aculeo, or Peñuelas, to practically run out of water or show a significant decrease.

The phenomenon has set off alarms among the authorities, the population, academics, and scientists. Different studies show for certain that the situation is real and serious. Government estimates indicate a reduction in water availability at the national level of between 10% and 37% compared to 30 years ago.

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