When does the Maldives water crisis begin?
When is the Maldive water crisis going to start?
When is water coming out of the taps?
When will the water crisis reach the critical point?
As the crisis escalates, we’ll start to get a better idea of when it could begin.
But, there are two major issues that need to be addressed: When the water is in short supply How much water is being released from the taps and what will happen to it in the next few weeks when it starts to run out?
Let’s start by understanding the water supply.
When does the water shortage begin?
The Maldives has been dealing with a water crisis for the past six months.
The country is reliant on its three main sources of water: the Red Sea, the Red River and the Bay of Bengal.
Red Sea water is mainly used by the island nation’s agriculture, but there is a small amount of freshwater stored in the Red Ocean which is fed into the main rivers.
A new drought has also hit the country, affecting a lot of farms and water pumps.
But it’s not just the main sources that are affected by the crisis.
Some farmers have reported water shortages that are longer than their usual periods.
This has prompted some farmers to seek water from neighbouring countries, and it has also led to some businesses selling water at a higher price than normal.
In February, the water authority said the Red Lake, which provides around 20 per cent of the country’s water supply is being used up in a drought.
It is also believed that some of the island’s rivers are running dry, leading to shortages in the countrys largest river, the Bay.
Where is the water coming from?
A large part of the Maldivian population relies on the Red Bay for their drinking water, but the reservoir is running low.
For years, the island has relied on the Bay, which has a relatively high water level, for drinking water.
However, the current drought is hitting the main supply and this has lead to shortages of some of its other water sources.
How much water does the island currently have?
Maldives officials say they are using between 200 to 250 million litres (mls) of water a day.
According to the World Water Day, the Maldived government has spent over 2.4 million mls of the water to date.
That is a lot less than the current average of around 1.6 mls per day, which is around 50 million litres.
What will happen in the weeks to come?
Water shortages are a daily reality for the Maldifias population.
At the beginning of February, they received a water bill of over 6,000 mls for the month.
During the current dry season, the situation is likely to get worse.
With no rain in sight, water levels in the Bay could fall to the low single digits by the end of April.
As the drought worsens, the country is likely be able to access more water, and that could lead to an increase in prices for its citizens.
Why does the country need to rely on its water?
When the Red Water crisis began in January, the government issued a decree to cut back on water consumption.
Malsara has been using less water than other countries, such as Singapore, which it relies on for about half its energy needs.
Although the country has been importing water, the use of imported water is limited and the government is restricting imports to ensure the country does not run out of water.
However, there is an increasing demand from the tourism industry for water and it is expected that this will be the main source of water consumption in the coming weeks.
Water is essential for all Maldives citizens, especially for the elderly.
We have always relied on imported water for our lives, but this drought has forced us to take a more active role in conserving water.