Why are Venezuela’s rivers so salty?
By BBC News news correspondent Andrew Walker-ThomasThe water in Venezuela’s aquifers is so salty that some are turning to water softeners to help purify the water supply.
Venezuela has been struggling to reduce the amount of water it consumes from its aquifolds since the start of the crisis.
The country has about two million inhabitants, but there are an estimated 50,000 people in the capital, Caracas, who depend on the aquifelines for drinking and bathing.
The authorities have said that there is no way to eliminate the shortage without resorting to water purification.
The Venezuelan government is struggling to cope with the water shortage and has promised to raise the amount it consumes in an effort to help ease the country’s economic woes.
In the past year, the government has used a combination of water softening, water treatment and other measures to reduce demand.
It has also promised to install water treatment plants in all of its reservoirs.
In January, the Supreme Court rejected a case filed by the government seeking to ban the use of water purifiers.
The court said the measures could harm the environment and endanger public health.
However, the case is still pending.
Venezuela’s Ministry of Environment and Water said the government was using water softners to “make the system more sustainable”.
A water softener is a liquid which has a certain volume of water.
It is meant to be used as a means of purifying the water for drinking or bathing.
In Venezuela, the average water hardness is between 1.3 and 2.4.
This is lower than other parts of the world, such as Peru, Peru and Ecuador, where the average hardness is 3.2.
“Water softener use in Venezuela has a negligible impact on the amount and volume of the water in the reservoirs, and the water has been treated as normal in the aquifer systems,” said Luis Alvarado, deputy director of the International Water Research Institute in Caracas.
However he warned that using watersofteners could lead to problems.
“The problem is not with the quantity of the liquid but with the way it is being used,” Alvarados said.
Water softener users are often young and inexperienced and can easily get carried away, he added.
Some water softened water is being sold on the black market, Alvarades added.
A shortage of water in aquifines, or aquiferal lakes, is affecting the country as well.
Water in the rivers and lakes is already becoming a problem, as well as in aquifer reservoirs.
Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency in order to restore the water supplies.