Water Rationing Hits Parts Of Puerto Rico Struggling To Recover From Maria

UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/09/20: On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, hundreds gathered in Union Square demanding justice for Puerto Rico. Many Puerto Ricans are still struggling for survival and fighting to remain, reclaim, and rebuild. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico will face water rationing due to increasingly dry conditions in a U.S. territory still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that seven municipalities in the island’s northwest region could be without water for up to 24 hours at a time starting next week.

Federal officials say 76 percent of Puerto Rico is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and another 8 percent is in a moderate drought. They say some 220,000 people are experiencing a drought.

Those affected by the water restrictions depend on the Guajataca reservoir, which was damaged by the Category 4 hurricane that hit in September 2017. Officials say improvements to the reservoir will be completed by May and include increased capacity for water storage.

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