Water Services to be Cut for 24-Hours in 20 Lima Districts

Peru’s state water utility for the city of Lima, Sedapal, said Tuesday that 20 districts in the capital and the constitutional province of Callao will have their water cut off on Thursday for 24 hours.

The restriction, which is to start on Thursday at 9 a.m., will affect the districts of San Isidro, Miraflores, Magdalena, Jesus Maria, Pueblo Libre and San Miguel.

It will also affect downtown Lima, Breña, Lince, Surquillo, Ate, San Juan de Lurigancho, Rimac, San Martin de Porres, El Agustino, La Victoria and San Luis.

Potable water will also be cut in Callao, La Punta and Carmen de la Legua state news agency Andina reported. Sedapal will be conducting maintenance during the period, according to Andina.

Water is a major challenge in Lima, the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo. About a million people do not have access to running water in the Peruvian capital, while the service provided to many others is unreliable.

The government has announced plans to invest millions of dollars in order to expand and improve the services, partially by building new pipes and replacing old ones.

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