Salt and chloride levels were higher in a Montevideo pumping line

Water crisis: salt and chloride levels were higher in a Montevideo pumping line; Paso Severino reserves continue to decline

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A new government report gives an account of the quality of the water supply in Montevideo and the metropolitan area

This is what the Paso Severino dam looked like this Tuesday, June 26

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June 28, 2023 at 18:36

The government issued a new report referring to the quality of water in SBI.

The sodium and chloride values ​​were above what is allowed by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) only in pumping line 6, which supplies the western zone of Montevideo.

The portfolio exceptionally fixed (and then extended for a longer time) the values ​​of sodium at 420 milligrams per liter and those of chlorides at 720 milligrams per liter.

Water consumption in Montevideo and the metropolitan area was 528,525 cubic meters, somewhat above what was recorded the day before (523,492).

Meanwhile, the reserves in Paso Severino are in 1,652,547 cubic meters of a total of 70 million of cubic meters of water that this reservoir can store. The day before they were in 1,775,593

The recommendations of the MSP in the face of the water crisis

The Ministry of Public Health reiterated the recommendations it had issued at the time, when the increase in salt and chloride levels was announced.

General population: without diagnosed hypertension

  • Maintain the usual daily water consumption, which can be entirely OSE water

  • Do not add salt to food in children starting semi-solid/solid diets (infants up to 2 years of age)

  • If possible, for the preparation of infant formulas, use mineral water.

  • In a population with an unknown increased risk of being hypertensive (over 60 years of age), periodic blood pressure checks are recommended.

People who take antihypertensives and diuretics

  • They should minimize the consumption of foods with excess sodium

  • They can continue to consume OSE water up to one liter per day and it is recommended to complete their usual intake with mineral water

People with chronic kidney disease, heart failure, cirrhosis, or pregnant

  • Avoid drinking OSE water as much as possible, advised by your attending physician

  • In case you have to drink OSE water, it is recommended not to exceed one liter of water per day and to increase the frequency of blood pressure checks.

  • Complete the intake of the daily volume of water recommended by your doctor

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