Northern Mexico has a historic water shortage. These maps explain why.


Source: Washington Post

Water has become a sacred commodity in northern Mexico. Reservoirs have been hitting the bottom of their basins. Taps have beenrunning dry for millions of people in the city of Monterrey, where the water shortage was called a matter of national security. Water bills have skyrocketed.

People have sabotaged pipes that could divert water to other cities. Truck drivers delivering water have been kidnapped. Ranchers in rural areas have lost livestock or sold their herds prematurely because they can’t feed them.


‘It’s plunder’: Mexico desperate for water while drinks companies use billions of litres


Source: The Guardian

The water truck parks on a block, a 10-minute walk uphill from Rocio Vega Morales’ house, for 15 minutes at most. She has no clue what time the pipa will arrive in her neighbourhood, delivering the water she and her four children need to bathe, wash dishes and flush the toilet. It could be while she is at work, or in the middle of the night.

The drought in North Mexico means taps are dry in the city of Monterrey so pipas, primarily run by the city authority, are the only way to deliver water to homes and businesses.


Taps have run dry in Monterrey, Mexico, where there is water for factories but not for residents


Source: Los Angeles Times

Three months pregnant and queasy with morning sickness, Yasmin Acosta Ruiz pushed a cart laden with buckets of water through the scorching July heat. As she and her 7-year-old son eased the cart over a speed bump, water sloshed onto the pavement. They both winced.

Here on the outskirts of Monterrey, a sprawling industrial city that has become the face of Mexico’s water crisis, every drop counts.


Fuerte sequía azota el norte de México


Fuente: The Dallas Morning News

 México está oficialmente desde este miércoles en emergencia por la sequía que afecta a casi a la mitad del país, especialmente el norte y de manera más extrema a algunos municipios de la cuenca del Río Grande, en la frontera con Texas.

La situación no es tan extrema como hace más de una década pero la declaración de emergencia permite a las autoridades un mayor margen de maniobra para activar medidas extraordinarias que garanticen el abastecimiento de agua para uso doméstico y público urbano o para imponer limitaciones temporales en ciertos lugares.


“A Monterrey le llegó el día cero”: la grave crisis de falta de agua que vive la segunda ciudad más poblada de México


Fuente: BBC News Mundo

La segunda ciudad más grande de México, en la que viven más de 5,3 millones de personas, padece desde principios de año una sequía que ahora es catalogada como “extrema” y que ha llegado a su punto más álgido este mes.

Con temperaturas que superan los 40°C, sus habitantes tienen que arreglárselas para subsistir con solo seis horas al día de bombeo de agua potable, una restricción nunca antes vista e implementada por las autoridades para racionar lo que queda en sus represas.


Dams, taps running dry in northern Mexico amid historic water shortages


Source: Reuters

Her elderly neighbor is hard of hearing so Maria Luisa Robles, a convenience store worker in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, shouted the question a second time: Have you run out of water?

She had – and it wasn’t just her. The taps across this working-class neighborhood of Sierra Ventana dried up over a week ago amid a historic shortage that’s gripped the most important industrial city in Mexico.


Like anything in a pipeline, water is fair game—and lucrative—in Ecatepec

The quantity of water stolen daily is equivalent to 100 pipas of 10,000 liters each

Date: May 10th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Any resource that runs through government-owned pipelines – petroleumLP gasand even water – is fair game for Mexican thieves.

According to authorities in Ecatepec, México state, 1 million liters of water are being stolen every day in the municipality, which adjoins the northeastern Mexico City borough of Gustavo A. Madero.

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Veracruz: one of the most intensely deforested states in Mexico

Source: Mexico Daily Post

The world’s ecosystems quietly keep human beings alive, and we largely do not notice their impacts until they are gone. Take forests, for example, whose services are valued at $4.7 trillion each year. Trees capture and filter water running through the landscape, which maintains aquatic habitat and improves water supplies for drinking and recreation.

Deforestation has diminished ecosystem services to the detriment of many communities, but policies like payments for hydrological services (PHS) can provide funds for preservation efforts. A new study from the University of Illinois explores ways to make these programs more effective, financially sustainable, and adapted to domestic user preferences.


Mexico and US reach water deal before Saturday deadline


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico reached a deal to supply water to the U.S. under a seven-decade-old treaty, ending an escalating stalemate ahead of a Saturday deadline, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

AMLO, as the Mexican leader is known, announced the agreement at his morning news conference on Thursday. Under the deal, the U.S. will help supply water when needed in emergencies to the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, just across the border from Texas, Roberto Velasco, the director general for North America at the foreign relations ministry, said at the conference.


Mexico: Two killed in clash with military police near dam protest


Source: Al Jazeera

Two people died in a gunfight with Mexico’s military police near a protest site at a dam that diverts water to the United States, the National Guard has said, as tensions rose between protesters and officials in the drought-hit region.

Mexicans in the northern border state of Chihuahua, angry at the water being funnelled across the border, on Tuesday evening had hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces, eventually occupying the La Boquilla dam and closing the sluice gates.