April 23, 2021

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The island’s drought is about to end


After the intense rains registered in August, which included those that unfolded the storms Isaías and Laura, the drought on the island is about to end.

As published this Thursday by the report of the United States Drought Monitor, only two towns are identified in anomalous drought. These are Salinas and Guayama. These represent 2.18% of the Puerto Rican territory.

Last week, 17.37% of the territory remained in an anomalous drought, which represents that the rain left by the nearby passage of Laura helped the Island a lot.

An abnormal drought means that runoff is low.

In fact, the United States Geological Survey registers for this Thursday that the well of the South Salinas Aguirre Aquifer is in “critical condition.”

The measurement states that it is at -30.61 feet, when its minimum level is -35 feet.

The other well in poor condition is Salinas Rasa D, which is at the operational adjustment level.

In summer, a large part of the Island came to be in severe drought. The second week of June was the worst moment for the Island, since 90.22% of the territory came to be in drought conditions. Meanwhile, the severe drought accounted for its largest portion of the territory, 32.19%, for the first week of July.

It was in July that the residents of San Juan, Trujillo Alto, Carolina and Canóvanas experienced rationing of drinking water, due to the poor condition of the Carraízo reservoir.



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