As the country’s dry season extends longer than normal, water levels at the reservoirs ringing Caracas have fallen to near record laws. That prompted authorities this week to implement a rationing plan that will leave some of the capital’s 6 million residents without water for three days a week.
The government says the emergency plan is needed to confront a severe drought. But opponents say President Nicolas Maduro and not nature is to blame.
Carlos Ocariz, mayor of the capital’s Sucre district, says there hasn’t been a single reservoir built during 15 years of socialist rule. He says that instead of waiting for storage ponds to dry, the government should have implemented a water-saving plan months ago.