Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir: A Drastic Descent


An alarming situation is unfolding at the heart of Antioquia, Colombia, where the majestic Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir is grappling with a drastic water level drop. The reservoir is reportedly losing an alarming 10 centimeters of water each day, reaching a 65% level that hasn’t been seen since 2020.

Renowned for its turquoise water and the massive granite monolith that teeters on its fringe, the Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir is a hotspot for both locals and tourists. However, the dropping water levels are casting a shadow over the usual vibrance of the area.

This reduction in water levels is largely due to the ongoing season of heat. Data provided by XM, through its Sinergox platform, reveal that the Reservoir’s volume has been consistently decreasing, putting recreational activities, local transportation, and the functioning of larger vessels in jeopardy.

Already, the larger vessels have had to relocate their docks to areas that are typically water-covered. Smaller crafts have also felt the pinch, with their navigation capabilities significantly hampered.

The ripple effects of this descent extend beyond just water-based activities. The tourism sector, considered a primary economic driver in the region, also is heavily affected. In fact, in Guatapé, water rationing has been implemented, with the schedule running from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and again from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The situation underscores the importance of sustainable water management and heightens the urgency to address the region’s water concerns. As the region steels itself against this crisis, it offers a sobering reminder of the need to safeguard our precious water resources.

As we continue to monitor the situation, let us remember the economic and ecological significance of the Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, and strive to restore its former glory.

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