Four-minute showers a parched Bogota rations water


About ten million people in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, are having to limit their water use because there’s not enough water. This is because there hasn’t been much rain due to a severe drought caused by something called the El Niño climate pattern.

The government has divided Bogota into nine areas, and each area has to take turns going without water for a whole day. However, places like hospitals and schools are still getting water. The mayor of Bogota says this is the worst drought they’ve had in 40 years.

The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, said on Twitter that he’s making big changes to protect water for the next 30 years. He’s also worried about how much water is being used by farms and construction companies.

People in Bogota are trying to save water by doing things like not washing their cars and taking shorter showers. This is because there’s not enough water for everyone to use as much as they want.

Experts say that the El Niño climate pattern is making the problem worse by making the Earth warmer. This is causing more droughts, and it’s not just happening in Bogota – other places like Mexico City and Montevideo have had water shortages too.

Climate change is also making droughts worse because it’s making the Earth hotter and drawing more moisture out of the ground. Unless countries start reducing the pollution that causes climate change, the problem is only going to get worse.


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