Water restored in Chile capital after day-long cut

January 23rd, 2013 in Earth / Environment
View of the main business district in the Chilean capital Santiago on November 20, 2012. Water has been restored in Chile's capital Santiago after a 24-hour pollution-related outage that affected more than two million people, according to the Aguas Andinas water utility.


View of the main business district in the Chilean capital Santiago on November 20, 2012. Water has been restored in Chile's capital Santiago after a 24-hour pollution-related outage that affected more than two million people, according to the Aguas Andinas water utility.

Water has been restored in Chile's capital Santiago after a 24-hour pollution-related outage that affected more than two million people, the water utility said Wednesday.

The cut-off in the supply of to more than 593,000 homes from early Tuesday was linked to contamination in a key river that supplies the city and forced the closure of several businesses.

The Aguas Andinas water utility announced that all services had been restored as of 5:00 am (0800 GMT).

Aguas Andinas had earlier said a in the Maipo river, the city's main source of water, had fouled the company's processing plants.

Tanker-trucks distributed water in several neighborhoods, while many supermarkets and stores saw their shelves emptied of .

The city has a population of about five million people.

(c) 2013 AFP

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