DGA says water shortages in Region III could be a prelude for Metropolitan Region
Water shortages in one of Chile’s prime agricultural districts – Region III’s Copiapo valley, home to Chile’s early table grape deal – have local fruit growers and government officials concerned. Tierra Amarilla and Alto del Carmen communities in Huasco have not experienced a drop of rain for over a year
More than 700 fruit growers rely on the Lautaro water reservoir, fed by the Copiapo River, which has a maximum capacity of 23 million cubic meters of water and normally holds about 10 million cubic meters of water. But today the reservoir is completely dry – the result of prolonged drought conditions and overuse of limited water resources. Login to read more.