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Water shortages will become a chronic worry in Peru

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Subject

The outlook for water provision.

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.
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