The outlook for water provision.
Water usage in Peru is expanding faster than easily-accessible supplies, especially in the densely populated but arid coastal belt. Unusual rainfall patterns will have helped replenish aquifers this year, but studies suggest that water shortages will become a chronic problem in a country very vulnerable to climate change.
- Water provision is a politically sensitive issue, especially if it involves consumers paying higher tariffs.
- Water shortages are likely to exacerbate conflicts among users, including between different regions.
- Globally, studies suggest that Peru is one of the countries most exposed to the effects of climate change and increased temperatures.