Panama Canal draft restrictions

The drought situation is causing Gatun Lake water level to fall. That is a fact:

It is a problem not only for the US but for the whole world:

This is despite the water saving measures in place:

The good news is that Panama is now in its rainy season.
The bad news is that El Nino tends to reduce rainfall in Panama.


Is there increased traffic and water usage with both the old and new locks being used?

Could the lowering of the water level in Gatun have anything to do with using both the old and new locks?

Presumably the increased amount of water used by the new locks was estimated before the locks were built. The amount of rainfall and loss through evaporation could by estimated by looking at historic data.

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