My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes, stuff, and even lives in the downpours plaguing Venezuela and Colombia. In Venezuela, after no rain to speak of into June, the country is now in its wettest year since at least 1890. It seems that my first post on this blog was, unfortunately, way too correct. Since I always have to focus on the aspects of a situation that no one else is looking at (not because I am an inhuman monster, but rather because the main points are well covered elsewhere), I find it interesting to wonder if all this rain will solve Caracas’s water shortage.
Hidrocapital, the water utility, posted its most recent reservoir levels Nov. 20. Camatagua, the big one, is up to 1 billion cubic meters of water, double the 450 million level where it was just a few months ago. Lagartijo and Taguaza are at the highest levels they’ve been at for this date in years. This is good news, but note that it’s still below where it was at this time in three of the last four years. It looks like it could get back to 2008 levels by the time the rains end, at which point the decline will begin anew. The structural deficit remains, but Caracas gets a 1-year reprieve to develop conservation programs and build new reservoirs before things go back to the kind of crisis we saw a year ago. Glad to be proved wrong on my prediction that 2011 would be another crisis, even if these rains are tragic.