Debt, drought leave Puerto Ricans high and dry — RT USA

Puerto Rican residents are now receiving tap water just twice a week, because of severe rationing imposed due to a months-long drought and crumbling infrastructure. Tourist areas and resorts remain unaffected, drawing criticism of double standards.

Rationing measures in place since May are already affecting some 1.3 million of the island’s 3.5 million residents. With less than 2 inches of rain recorded in July, normally one of the wettest months, households in San Juan and along the island’s north coast will have water on tap just twice a week, Telesur reported.

With water flowing only Tuesdays and Saturdays or Wednesdays and Sundays, the island’s poor residents fill up their buckets and bath tubs whenever they can. Meanwhile, the swimming pools, showers and fountains at the hotels and resorts frequented by tourists have been exempt from rationing.

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