PUERTO RICO UNDER DROUGHT WATCH
Puerto Rico's water utility (AAA) has indicated that the municipalities of Adjuntas, Caguas, Coamo, Lares and Naranjito could be facing water rationing in the near future if the current dry pattern prevails over the area, according to AAA Vice-President of Operations Doriel Pagán. However, the agency has stated that this is not likely to happen in the immediate future, and that no date for water rationing has so far been set.
The US Drought monitor has placed 30% of Puerto Rico's territory in the moderate drought category, while 80% of the archipelago is said to face atypical drought conditions.
CULEBRA REELS FROM TRANSPORT INTERRUPTIONSFrom The San Juan Daily Star:
"Fortunato Vizcarrondo, a resident of Culebra, denounced on Tuesday that in the island municipalities they are currently living “as if in the hurricanes”, due to the problems with the Maritime Transport Authority (ATM) ferries, which have caused a shortage of products and goods, including gasoline."
LESS MONEY FOR PAN PARTICIPANTSFrom El Nuevo Dia:
"1.35 million Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) participants in Puerto Rico are getting smaller checks, and in some cases that represents a third of what they usually received..."
From Caribbean Business:
BOARD OKAYS CONVERSION TO NATURAL GAS
"The Financial Oversight and Management Board and the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau have given the green light to a contract with New Fortress Energy LLC for the supply of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) and conversion of units 5 and 6 of the San Juan Combined Cycle Power Plant..."
From News Is My Business:
TOURISM CO. LAUNCHES PLAN TO BOOST TRAVEL
"Looking to strengthen the island’s tourism industry, the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. has launched a educational campaign to inform the public about the benefits provided by agency-certified travel agencies certified when planning trips or vacations..."