Lima’s increasing housing demand is creating problems for the city’s water supplies.
According to Peru21, a recent report by Sedapal warned that increased construction in San Isidro and Surco meant there was “difficulty in meeting the new demands for water and sewage.”
In the letter Sedapal said the main problem are the multi-story buildings, taking the place of single-family homes.
Furthermore, Sedapal found that new buildings “executed in an irregular manner” have covered several water access points
The Municipality of San Isidro announced it has prepared an urban development plan to prevent further constructions, Peru21 said.
The daily added that Surco was facing similar problems.
Surco mayor Roberto Gomez, said there were currently real estate projects, including a supermarket, being built in residential areas where the municipality could not guarantee water supplies.
According to the Peruvian Chamber of Construction, the areas that could suffer shortages are considered high in commercial value, such as Cerro Camacho, Fondo de Monterrico Chico, El Cortijo, Tres Marías, Los Alamos de Monterrico, El Derby, Los Pinos de Monterrico, Santa Elena de Monterrico, San Ildefonso, and Arboleda de El Polo.