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Puerto Rico Faces Dry Season as it Emerges from Drought

By on March 14, 2016

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s government says it is preparing for the island’s upcoming dry season to avoid another debilitating drought.

The executive president of the island’s water and sewer authority says he has identified dozens of wells that could be used if water levels at the main reservoirs drop too much. Alberto Lázaro said Monday that water pressure also will be adjusted to preserve those levels. He said the island’s economic crisis and lack of money is preventing the agency from dredging the reservoirs for now.

Puerto Rico recently emerged from a historic drought that killed crops, forced some businesses to close and led to severe water rationing.

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