Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:04
Small business owners feel the burn in Santiago’s affected areas. Editor's note: This article originally reported the total number of affected people as 600,000. Official sources have since adjusted this number upward to 2 million.
Up to 600,000 people in the Santiago Metropolitan Region had their water shut off on them Tuesday, as Aguas Andinas, the private company responsible for supplying water to much of the city, shut down three production plants due to mudslides in the Maipo River.
Up to 21 boroughs have been without water since 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Aguas Andinas
Felipe Larraín confirming at a press conference
that “the total water supply would be restored by tomorrow (Wednesday) at six in the morning.”
The cuts were caused by heavy rain and mudslides
in San José de Maipo on Monday, which generated a deluge of mud flow into the Maipo River. Aguas Andinas was forced to close its three water treatment plants that are fed by the river, which Larraín said supply approximately 80 percent of the drinking water in greater Santiago.
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