Cutzamala system affected by drought
30% of Mexico’s territory is suffering drought – Photo: Hatem Moussa/AP

Cutzamala system affected by drought

06/09/2019
18:02
Eduardo Hernández
Mexico City
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The dams of the Cutzamala System have registered a water supply reduction of 25%, affecting the service to Mexico City and the State of Mexico

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Due to the drought that has been registered in the country in the last days and that has affected the flows that supply the dams that make up the Cutzamala System, Mexico City and the State of Mexico will have a reduction of approximately 86.4 million liters per day each.

The general director of the National Water Commission (Conagua), Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, informed that according to the drought monitor, during the first half of August, more than 30% of the national territory faced conditions of moderate to exceptional drought, a situation worse than the one faced on July.

“In some regions of the country they face conditions of extreme drought; the most affected zones are the ones of the Coatzacoalcos River, Pánuco; in addition, the risk of fires increased in six municipalities of Oaxaca and Veracruz due to the loss of crops and grasses,” she said.

In the case of the Cutzamala river, it also faces a problem, for the basin that supplies it has registered a reduction due to the drought.
 

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Hence, the federal government will implement preventive measures to mitigate droughts, which includes the government of Mexico City and the State of Mexico, so there will be a reduction of 1 cubic meter per second in each entity.

Mexico City mayoress, Claudia Sheinbaum, highlighted that with this measure the capital will pass from 10 to 9 cubic meters per second, while the State of Mexico will go from 6.5 to 5.5 cubic meters per second.

She mentioned that, in Mexico City, this measure will affect 500,000 citizens, mainly in the Tlalpan and Iztapalapa boroughs, but there will be a supply program planned along with local authorities.

“We have had a year with a strongest drought than expected, so we invite the inhabitants to help us take care of water,” she said.
 

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She reiterated that currently there are several actions taking place to solve the problem with water, among them macromeasurement to know the condition of leaks, the system of sectorizing, the changes of piping, and the leak repair team.

In the case of the State of Mexico, the minister of works of that entity, Rafael Díaz Leal Barrueta, said they have worked in the immediate attention of leaks, the rehabilitation of wells, strategies for the use of treated water and promote water care.

Both entities, along with Conagua, are also working on the search for new alternative sources of water supply to the Cutzamala System.

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