Puerto Rico is implementing strict water-rationing measures amid a dry spell that officials warn could extend into summer.
The island’s water and sewer company is providing water only every other day to 160,000 customers starting Wednesday. Most of those affected live in and near the capital of San Juan.
Government officials have warned that service could be cut for up to 36 hours if water levels at the U.S. territory’s main reservoirs fall to critical levels.
May is usually one of Puerto Rico’s wettest months, but rainfall has been scarce. Meteorologists are predicting a drier than usual summer.
The neighboring Dominican Republic also has seen a prolonged dry season.