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How do I know how many liters of water I will need during the water outage in Lima?


In Lima, more than the recommended amount of water is consumed per person per day, according to the WHO.  - Infobae Andina Composition Credit
In Lima, more than the recommended amount of water is consumed per person per day, according to the WHO. – Infobae Andina Composition Credit

Many citizens are already preparing for the massive water cutoff in Lima which has been announced by Sedapal for this Friday, October 6. And given the conditions, not only many They find themselves collecting water in their houses, but they have also started buying containers to store it. Thus, this market has grown and its prices have increased.

Buckets and containers of various sizes are sold., and that you can get adjusted to the size of your family and the days that you will not have water. On Nicolás Ayllón Avenue, there are several merchant stalls that offer these containers given the demand. How much are they selling for?

On Nicolás Ayllón Avenue you can find different merchants that offer containers of all kinds, with lids, without lids, smaller ones, larger ones, and they even sell garbage cans—which some families use to store water—.

Water cut will affect 22 districts of Lima, from October 6 to 10.  (Andean/Infobae Composition)
Water cut will affect 22 districts of Lima, from October 6 to 10. (Andean/Infobae Composition)

Thus, in block 18 of this street, you can see the following prices for these containers with lids:

  • 50 liters cost between S/40 and S/50
  • 80 liters cost up to S/53
  • 120 liters cost up to S/83
  • 220 liters cost up to S/115

Thus, some merchants have found a new market given the situation. Regarding prices, the owners of Envases Industriales Nicolás, as revealed by Agencia Andina, pointed out that “their prices have been maintained and will rise because they do not plan to profit from people’s needs.”

In some areas of Lime, Sedapal It will cut off the water for two and up to four days. Thus, many large families may not know how much of this liquid they would need to save for their daily consumption and activities. But, for this reason, the merchants and buyers of block 18 of Nicolás Ayllón Avenue gave some scope to calculate this consumption.

Most districts will have water service again in 12 hours - Andina credit
Most districts will have water service again in 12 hours – Andina credit

Basically, they pointed out that 220 liters of water are enough for four family members for four days. Thus, based on a simple calculation, if one lives alone approximately 14 liters of water could be enough.

However, this could be inaccurate, since according to the World Health Organization (WHO) a person should consume, in their daily activities, around 50 to 100 liters of water. In Peru, the National Superintendency of Sanitation Services (Sunass), revealed in 2022 that three districts of Lima consumed more than 200 liters of this liquid per day.

Thus, although this ranking could help you see how much water you need for these days – you just have to multiply the number of liters, according to your district, by the number of members of your family and the number of days you will be without water -, it is advises following the recommendations of the WHOso you could do this calculation with 100 liters of water per day. And, in this way, see that for four days without the Sedapal service, you would only have to collect 400 liters per person in a container.

Sunass could fine Sedapal 2 million soles for massive water cuts - Andina credit
Sunass could fine Sedapal 2 million soles for massive water cuts – Andina credit

Ranking of districts that use the most water per day in Lima

  • San Isidro, 280 liters
  • Miraflores, 238 liters
  • La Molina, 210 liters
  • Ravine, 177 liters
  • San Borja, 176 liters
  • Magdalena del Mar, 170 liters
  • Lynx, 169 liters
  • Surquillo, 156 liters
  • Jesús María, 155 liters
  • Pueblo Libre, 155 liters
  • San Miguel, 149 liters
  • Santiago de Surco, 143 liters
  • Lime, 140 liters
  • San Luis, 136 liters
  • San Bartolo, 125 liters
  • Los Olivos, 121 liters
  • Breña, 118 liters
  • San Martín de Porres, 111 liters
  • La Victoria, 104 liters
  • Jets, 103 liters
  • Rímac, 102 liters
  • San Juan de Miraflores, 102 liters
  • El Agustino, 100 liters



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