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HAVANA -- Cuba has urged its citizens to cut back on water
use, announcing that new measures will be necessary to fight a
long-lasting dry spell.
Last year, the island received only 69 percent of average
rainfall, making 2004 the worst year for rain since 1901, according
to Granma, the Communist Party daily newspaper.
In January, the island received half its average rainfall for that
month, prompting authorities to prepare for the possibility that 2005
will be another dry year, the newspaper said.
Jorge Aspiolea, president of Cuba's National Institute of
Hydraulic Resources, told Granma that the government has invested
more than $20 million in recent months to improve water
infrastructure. But he also said it was crucial for the public to
start conserving water immediately.
Of 235 reservoirs across the island, 114 contain less than 25
percent of their capacity, Aspiolea said. Forty-one of those 114 have
dried up and are out of use.
Eastern provinces are the most severely affected, as reservoirs in
Camaguey are only 14 percent full, and those in Las Tunas, Ciego de
Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Granma contain less than 30 percent, he
Only Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos and Isla de la Juventud are at 50
percent capacity, he said.
Havana, the island's biggest city, is among the places that will
be most affected by the water shortage, the newspaper said. More than
100,000 residents receive their supply via water trucks known locally
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