Canal lakes face worst water  crisis in 106 years

1,710Views 4Comments Posted 03/04/2019

The announcement came on Tuesday, April 2 from is from was announced yesterday by Carlos Vargas, Vice President of Environment, Water and Energy of the Canal Authority (ACP).

The last rainfall was on November 23, which means that it is an atypical dry season, that is, drier than normal. When it doesn’t rain, very little flow is generated in the rivers, which means that less water enters Gatun and Alajuela lakes, reducing their levels below optimum.

The lakes are the main sources of supply for human consumption and Canal operations. Ships transitting the canal are forced to have lower drafts, which means reduced income for the ACP  a major contributor to Panama’s economy.


Comments 4


9 months ago
Michael Britton

Hence, 2019 is the 106th year of Canal operations.

9 months ago
Ancon Harpy

106 years ago was the year 1913. The U.S. completed construction of the canal in 1914.

9 months ago
Virgil E Eaves Jr

Perhaps it would have been a good idea to increase water storage capacity before doubling the canal traffic? No, it couldn’t be that....

9 months ago
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