No running water? That’s OK, you’re not the only one. In fact a large part of the population of Buenos Aires couldn’t shower or do the dishes today.
A few minutes before noon the AySA water company confirmed that some neighborhoods in the city, as well as the province of Buenos Aires, had suffered a drop in water pressure or had no running water at all, due to recent violent winds over Río de la Plata.
The Palermo water plant, General San Martin, was facing the most significant decrease in its water volume, followed by the General Belgrano water plant in Bernal, both of which were struggling to provide sufficient drinking water to people living in those areas. AySA representative Diego Muñiz said that neighborhoods Villa Devoto, Caballito and Palermo have been hit the hardest.
The Río de la Plata is AySA’s primary water source, serving the city of Buenos Aires and 18 surrounding neighborhoods in the province. Strong winds blowing in from the West over the weekend caused the river’s water level to drop 2.5 meters. According to the National Weather Service, water level should normalize shortly, but AySA water production may not resolve immediately. Muñiz has asked consumers to limit water use to necessity, as AySA does not have a secondary water source.