Rainy Season and Water Supply

Well it looks like the rains have now begun in earnest. We were expecting the season to start in September but that did not happen. That month was very dry and quite hot. This last week however has been rather wet and with any luck this will continue.

El Nino generally brings dry weather to large parts of the Colombia and this time is no different. It is anticipated that the southwestern portion of the country is likely to have water rationing in February. The September drought caused some problems for farmers up in the Santa Elena area and a lot of folks there were getting worried. Our well was getting very low and we had some touch and go days.

We should be getting hooked up to the municipal water system within the next few months. This will be good assuming the system was designed to handle drought years. I’m considering installing a reserve tank to handle any system problems that may occur.

A city water connection will definitely be an advantage health wise. Ours is a shallow well and while we have not had any significant problems yet such wells represent a risk factor. Fortunately there are no homes upstream of the take but this does not rule out animals as vectors. We have been using the hot water tank as a pasteurizer. This has worked well but at times a cold glass of water rather than tea or coffee would be welcome.



  1. Douger said,

    October 17, 2009 at 20:24

    Same here in Costa Rica. We should have been getting slammed in Sept but it finally started to rain a bit about 10 days ago.
    If Nov and Dec isn’t good to us we’ll all have problems in March or April.

    • pbunch said,

      October 18, 2009 at 09:44

      This last week has been fairly wet. It looks like the ITCZ is pushing past the El Nino effect. The weather service in Colombia is calling for a slightly lower than normal precip year in our area. October and November are generally the big months so they may come out looking good on this one.

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