Once lush, El Salvador is dangerously close to running dry

The country's shrinking water supply is in jeopardy as weak regulation, lagging services, and climate variability fuel a complex crisis.

A girl washes her hair at a well at dawn in a small community in Cabañas, El Salvador. Most people here have no access to running water and must come to the well as early as 2 am during the dry season. Even though politicians have promised them relief, they have yet to see any change.
Photograph by Jane Hahn

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