Not only is Havana facing another dryer than normal year, but their water infrastructure is in dire straights. There is only about 20% of the needed supply of water in cisterns. The decaying infrastructure is seeing a high level of water that is available being wasted.
The impact on resorts will be minimal (maybe gardens aren't watered as much?), but it does underline the need for tourists to be cognizant of the resources that we are using when on vacation.
One of the things I noticed in most towns and cities I've visited over teh years (incl Havana) is the number of broken water mains with water in the streets. I could be wrong, but i got teh feeling it was getting worse from year to year as the infrastructure continues to deteriorate rather than decrease as repairs are made.
Ya thats what they were saying on this report that the water lines/infastructure are in bad shape and in need of repair or replaced. At least they are trucking water from somewhere for the residence.
I booked my trip through airmiles and got the following email from them, which seems kind of alarming:
This e-Travel Alert is provided on your behalf by AIR MILES Reward Program.
Caution - CUBA - Havana - The capital and province around it face a most critical level of water shortage in 50 years due to no rain says National Institute of Water Resources.
Be advised that this event may potentially affect your travel plans or your safety..
MaritimeGirl; That seems rather alarmist – especially considering that you are going to Varadero. Is Air Miles expecting water fights???
For the most part you will be drinking bottled water or that provided at a resort. Bottled water comes from the Holguin Province at the other end of the country.
Very dry all over Cuba this year....just returned from Cienfuegos & Trinidad and there were many wildfires along the road as well as various spots in Topes de Collantes national park. They were water bombing with helicopters while I was there.
Also lots of water trucks trying to deliver water to houses in Trinidad. It rained once for about 20 minutes while I was there, and people had anything & everything that could hold water out in the streets trying to catch rain.
So, while most travellers are hoping for a perfect week of sun, I hope that they get some rain soon....
-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-
This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.
To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html
We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.