Reservoir level today: alarming graph shows the state of the Chingaza system

Reservoir level today: alarming graph shows the state of the Chingaza system
Reservoir level today: alarming graph shows the state of the Chingaza system

To date, the level of the Chingaza system is at 25%, but in a normal year, by this date it should be almost 50%

Photo: EFE – Carlos Ortega

In recent weeks the District has reported a slight recovery of the Chingaza system reservoirs. And although the figures show an upward curve and many citizens celebrate and have even relaxed with the mission of saving water, the reality is that the system is still in intensive care and rationing seems to be going on for a long time.

This is the report on the level of the Chingaza system since rationing began, where it is noted how just one month after the measure it exceeded the red alert level and how in recent weeks its trend has steepened a little more.

But this image is just a fragment of the complete image. To gauge the critical situation and the urgency of new measures, we must know some data: the Chingaza system (Chuza and San Rafael reservoirs) can store 327 million cubic meters of water, enough for almost a year of supply, in case of prolonged drought.

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Its filling and emptying corresponds to a regular cycle, which starts in April when it is at the lowest level and begins to recover reserves with the rainy season, until reaching its maximum in August, the month in which the expenditure begins until a new level. cycle. These levels, historically, have ranged between 40% and 95%. What the full picture shows is how the system’s behavior so far this year is far from normal.

And all, due to the climatic phenomena, which broke the regularity and the reservoirs are in a critical situation. Not only did they reach the lowest levels since they entered into operation, which forced the declaration of a red alert and rationing (when their level fell below 19%), but the recovery has been slower than usual, due to what the city still does not leave the danger zone.

The current crisis began to be noticed last year when in August the maximum level of the system reached 60% (well below the usual 90%). Since then, the level plummeted, reaching the April crisis, from which it has not been possible to escape. The rains continue to be sporadic and the savings goal, to reach a consumption of 15 cubic meters per second, has not been achieved.

And the outlook is not encouraging. For those who expected rationing to be a matter of a few days, there is a splash of reality. The condition for lifting the measure is that for 15 consecutive days more cubic meters reach the Chingaza system than the city consumes, but in 44 days of rationing it has not been possible to achieve this. Except for a couple of days, when heavy rains and savings at home were combined, it was close, but nothing more.

Added to this is that, by this time, in a regular cycle, the reservoirs should be reaching 50% full, but the latest report indicates that they are barely half of that. Currently, according to the alert system, the city remains on orange alert, as the system level remains below 28%, which indicates that there are only reservations for less than 90 days, which is why the restriction must continue.

So, if you want to know the dates on which you will have rationing for the rest of the year, we invite you to check your neighborhood here.

Shifts and dates of water rationing in Bogotá

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