SAN JUAN – The level of drought in Puerto Rico was reduced, the United States Drought Monitor reported on Thursday.
By Tuesday, June 1, 19.68 percent of Puerto Rico was under the moderate drought category, a figure that was reduced to 15.76 percent for this Tuesday, June 8, the last date on which the Drought Monitor collects data for the analysis published every Thursday.
While for Tuesday, June 1, 68.01 percent of the Island was abnormally dry, which was reduced to 61.46 percent for June 8.
As of Tuesday, June 1, 31.99 percent of Puerto Rico was not affected by any of the drought categories, a figure that was reduced to 38.54 percent by June 8.
The reduction in the level of drought is thanks to the rain that fell until Tuesday morning. After that Tuesday it has rained copiously, so in the next report on Thursday, June 17, the level of drought should be reduced much more.
The drought categories, according to the United States Drought Monitor, are: none, abnormally dry, moderate drought, severe drought, extreme drought, and exceptional drought.
Raise the level of the main reservoirs in Puerto Rico
Nine of the 11 main reservoirs in Puerto Rico are at a security level and in the case of two of them, overflowing, according to the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), in its report at 5:00 a.m. this Thursday.
At the overflow level is the Carraízo reservoir, with 41 meters and Río Blanco, with 28.80 meters.
While in security level is the La Plata reservoir, with 49.39 meters; Cidra, with 401.71 meters; Patillas, with 62.71 meters; Caonillas, with 251.25 meters; Fajardo, with 52.46 meters; Guajataca, with 195.28 meters and Cerrillos, with 161.36 meters.
At the observation level there is the Toa Vaca reservoir, in Villalba, with 148.82 meters and Carite, in Guayama, with 541.66.