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Cuba's drying up


June 6, 2010 — Cuba's government is warning people that more must be done to conserve water because the island's prolonged drought is becoming a bigger problem each and every day.

It's been a ongoing problem, and it's only getting worse.

The government is seriously concerned -- especially now that typical downpours have brought less than half the normal amount of rainfall for the month. Last year was one of the driest ever on record and this year isn't looking any better.

The government is encouraging people to 'ensure rational and optimal use' of every day water. The situation has gotten so bad that the water is not turned on everyday, and sometimes, even when the tap is open, nothing flows out of it.

Residents are worried because the pipes are constantly dry and there's little water for children in the morning before they go to school.

Government-issued trucks have become common place throughout Havana and are now the main source of water for many.

11 of the country's 14 provinces have reported their reservoirs are below 50 percent capacity at the end of May. Cuba's largest water reservoir is at just 14 percent capacity.

Due to the shortages, people have become very restricted in their daily activities, including bathing, cleaning and eating.

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