Contamination in Maipo River leaves millions without drinking water in Chile

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

Santiago, Chile (4E) – A contamination in Maipo River left millions of people in Chilean capital Santiago without drinking water. According to government officials, the landslides in the Andes Mountain caused the contamination that forced abrupt shut down of at least three water-processing plants.

The incident has affected more than two million people – that is around a third of city’s population, in 21 districts across the capital.

Some of the businesses, including bars, restaurants, playgrounds have been forced to close for the day due to water shortage. The authorities assured that the services would be restored before midnight local time.

“We had an emergency event owing to circumstances beyond our control that forced us to cut water to 15 neighborhoods,” water utility company Aguas Andinas’ spokesman Cristian Esquivel said.

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