Venezuela’s wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells

  • In this April 27, 2018 file photo, a demonstrator from Las Minitas shantytown holds up a poster that reads in Spanish “Four weeks without water” after water service was suspended, on the Prados del Este highway in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s meltdown has been accelerating under President Nicolas Maduro’s rule, prompting masses of people to abandon the nation in frustration at shortages of food and medicine, street violence, rampant blackouts, and now sputtering faucets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

  • In this June 11, 2018 photo, grass sits dry due to the lack of water, at a wealthy apartment complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Caracas once had a world-class water system, pumping water from far-off reservoirs over towering mountains into the valley that cradles the city. Now its pipes are bursting, pumps are failing and the reservoir is running low. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  • In this May 31, 2018 photo, a worker clears the mud from a drill as a water well is put in at a luxury apartment complex in the Campo Alegre neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. Residents fed up that the government couldn’t provide water decided to drill their own well, an increasingly popular solution among the well-to-do as Venezuela’s water system has crumbled along with its socialist-run economy. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Reaching for the faucet felt like a frustrating game of chance for Elizabeth Robles.