Panama Canal on alert as low water levels could affect transit

The Panama Canal is taking steps to preserve water levels and avoid having to affect transit, according to a June 5 emailed press release.

Water-saving measures have been implemented since Jan. 3 to maintain capacity in the canal’s reservoirs during the rainy season, which runs from May through December, according to the release. The water-saving efforts also aim to offset the expected water demand during the dry season which spans between January and late April. In the meantime, the canal has restricted the amount of cargo shipping vessels can carry through the watershed.

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