3/7/2016 San Antonio Express-News
At a time when much of the political conversation in Texas centers on whether Mexico can be made to pay for a border wall, Texas’ southern neighbor has repaid a long-standing debt — in water.
Officials said Monday that Mexico has paid off its water debt to Texas, achieving compliance with a 1944 treaty on water in the Rio Grande for the first time in five years.
In recent years, as drought caused water shortages across the Lone Star State, the debt had become an increasing issue for businesses and ranchers along the border who depend on the river. Critics of Mexico wondered whether the debt would ever be settled, as they complained that Mexico was continuing to use more than its share of water in the border river.
The issue had been critical in areas of the Rio Grande Valley, where agricultural interests use water from the river for crop and produce production.