Montevideo (EFE) – Sale Bottled water in Uruguay has tripled in recent days following an increase in chloride and sodium levels in the capital’s water supply prompted by a projection of imminent depletion of reserves due to a drought that has alarmed the population.
The President of the Center of Retail Storekeepers, Baristas, Supermarkets and Related Workers of Uruguay (Cambadu), Daniel Fernández, this Thursday in an interview with local radio Carve described in detail that the main filling stations countries have not submitted orders as of this Tuesday and that retail stores have stock until the end of this week.
“Yesterday I spoke to the management of the largest producer and distributor of soft drinks – which also produces bottled water – and they told me that they did not place orders the day before yesterday and yesterday because they ran out of stock,” he said. .
Fernández explained that in some companies there was a “mismatch” between the high prices growth in demand for bottled water and production and delivery options.
Against this backdrop, a study published by market analysis firm Id Retail found that the marketing of bottled water in major supermarket chains is experiencing “unprecedented” growth.
“The supply chain is trying to adjust to this excess demand, but preliminary data indicates a drop in sales due to a lack of inventory at some facilities, particularly since last weekend,” the study said.
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Bottled water, an option for Uruguayan consumers
Uruguay is going through one of the worst droughts in decades, which is why the Uruguayan government has announced that a maintenance dam will be built next week drinking water supply current in the capital and its surroundings.
This was stated by the Secretary of the Presidency, Álvaro Delgado, during a press conference in the Executive Tower this Tuesday, who described the situation as “the worst water deficit since records have been kept, 74 years ago”.
“The first thing is to ensure the stability of the water reserve, so next week a dam will be built to ensure the stability of the Paso Severino reserve, which will maintain its status and water quality that we have today and it seems to me that this is news that gives a lot of peace,” he said.
A few days ago, the Ministry of Health, together with the medical services, requested that “salting of food be avoided” due to the increase in the level of sodium in the water.
The Ministry made a list of recommendations for the general population, those who use antihypertensives and diuretics, and those who are pregnant or have chronic kidney disease, heart failure or cirrhosis.
The projection of possible depletion in 30 days was issued by the authorities State Administration for State Sanitary Works (OSE) and the government’s delay in activating the measures led to hundreds of people demonstrating in the streets of Montevideo demanding water.
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