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Kosovo Starts Rationing Water as Lack of Rain Cuts Supply

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Kosovo started rationing water in the capital Pristina and other cities in the Balkan nation as a dearth of rain and snow reduced reservoir supply levels.

Supply shortages in recent months prompted “emergency measures to provide sufficient drinking water for the population,” Pristina Mayor Shpend Ahmeti said, according to the regional water supplier’s website. Water reductions started Jan. 21 and supplies to homes were further curbed last week, water utility spokeswoman Arjeta Mjeku said, according to RTK.

Pristina customers were asked to ration water as much as possible amid a continuing drought and lack of snow in the worst disruption of supplies in at least three decades, the broadcaster cited Mjeku as saying. RTK said the utility banned using water to wash cars, in gardens and for non-essential uses.

Kosovo, a predominantly Albanian-populated landlocked country of 2 million residents, declared independence from Serbia in 2008. It’s now in talks with the government in Belgrade as both countries push for European Union membership.

To contact the reporter on this story: Boris Cerni in Ljubljana at bcerni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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