Chile: Government still rules out water rationing amid ongoing drought

According to Minister of Public Works Juan Carlos Garcia, Chile will not have to ration water in the immediate future despite a prolonged 14-year drought. He stated: "After analyzing all the information on temperatures, rainfall, river flows and available snow, among other factors, we are in a position to rule out water rationing for spring 2022 and summer 2023.”

According to the University of Chile, 2021 was one of the driest years in the history of the South American country, with a more than 50 percent drop in rainfall. The shortfall has affected small and large farmers, including producers of export fruits and vegetables, who were forced to reduce the amount of land cultivated. 


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