With drought worsening, Puerto Rico expands water rationing
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With drought worsening, Puerto Rico expands water rationing

Puerto Rico is tightening an austere water-rationing plan as its reservoirs shrink due to a regional drought that has hit the U.S. territory especially hard.

The island’s water and sewer company said Thursday that 30,000 clients will now receive water every other day. Some 245,000 customers already fall under that plan, while an additional 135,000 clients receive water every third day.

The rationing plan began in May, and officials have expanded it in recent weeks. The government also plans to fine people for improper water use.

The amount of water flowing into 12 of at least 22 rivers that supply the island’s reservoirs is at an all-time low.

Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands affected by the drought are bracing for a quieter-than-usual hurricane season that began in June.

Associated Press