Water is not a luxury. A city without water will fail. This could be the beginning of the end for Caracas. They are discovering that you can't drink the oil.
Weather forecasters blame the "El Nino" weather phenomenon, saying the periodic weather system has markedly reduced rainfall and created drought conditions.
Others blame the shortage on poor government management of the country's water resources, while President Hugo Chavez faulted the excesses of capitalism.
"What will the rich fill their swimming pools with?" the country's leftist leader asked recently.
"With the water that is denied inhabitants in the poor neighborhoods," he said, blaming the lack of sufficient water on "capitalism -- a lack of feeling, a lack of humanity."
What will they do?
That is an easy one Hugo.
The smart ones will pack their bags, walk away from their houses and flee with their talent and their remaining wealth to freedom in the US or some other country.
The stupid and the poor will remain in Venzuala.