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Health Alert: Temporary Suspension of Potable Water Service in Arequipa
February 7, 2024


Arequipa, Peru


Due to heavy rains on February 5, 2024, potable water service in and around Arequipa was temporarily interrupted on February 7.  Sedapar, the water provider for Arequipa, has not announced when water service will resume.  The disruption in service is due to unusually high sediment levels in the Chili River, which is the main water source.  Water plants are unable to treat the water for public use until sediment levels decrease.

As a result of the lack of water service, there are reports of shortages of bottled water in supermarkets in Arequipa.  Some hotels and public establishments are limiting water use.  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Arequipa to remain aware of the availability of water in their area, and to consider departing for locations with more secure access to water if necessary.  If U.S. citizens currently have access to water in Arequipa, we recommend conserving and storing tap water in anticipation of potential disruptions during the next few days.

Actions to Take:

  • Conserve and store tap water and drinking water, if possible, in anticipation of possible disruptions in service.
  • Maintain awareness of water supplies in your area.
  • Contact your hotel or building concierge for assistance.
  • Consider relocating to an area with more secure access to water.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U. S. Embassy in Lima to receive updates.

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
    Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
    Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
  • U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
    Avenida El Sol 449
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
  • Peru Country Information
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