Water crisis: see how the levels of salt and chlorides dropped drastically after the rains

Water crisis: see how the levels of salt and chlorides dropped drastically after the rains

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

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July 14, 2023 at 20:42

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

Chloride values ​​were within than permitted by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) in the three pumping lines.

Sodium values ​​also remained within the allowable range.

In both cases there was a noticeable improvement compared to previous days and the levels were the lowest since the Presidency began to report daily the amount of salt and chlorides.

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 492,370 cubic meters, below what was recorded the day before (503,666).

Meanwhile, the reserves in Paso Severino are in 2,581,204 cubic meters of a total of 70 million of cubic meters of water that this reservoir can store. The day before they were in 2,225,331.

In this way, the reserves of Paso Severino grew for the eighth consecutive day. They are currently in a 3.6% of its storage capacity.

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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