Cuba is urging people to save water amid what it is calling a “critical” drought that has left reservoirs at dangerously low levels. Of a capacity of nine billion m3, the country’s reservoirs were storing approximately 3.647 billion m3, representing barely 41% of total capacity. The drought has become more critical since May was far dryer than usual; typically May is a month of heavy showers. The month ended with a national accumulation of 80 millimeters, equivalent to 47% of its historic rainfall average. This confirms the continuity of the drought that began in November 2008, which notably intensified in 2009, classified as the fourth driest year in the last 109 years. This has left eleven provinces with water reserves at below 50% capacity and nine that are now below 25% of their total capacity.
The tense situation of low water availability “demands that that both households and economic enterprises reinforce conservation measures to save this precious resource, making sure that it is used sensibly and well, in addition to the application of local solutions to mitigate its effects, given these abnormal weather conditions that could provoke water shortages.”
For more information, see http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2010/02/14/20147/drought_guantanamo_continues.html and http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/06/03/cuba-urges-water-conservation-amid-drought-leaves-reservoirs-pct-capacity/