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Water outage in Mexico City to affect 7 million people
In Mexico City alone, 4 million people living in 13 out of all 16 elegations will be affected by the water outage - Photo: José Pazos/NOTIMEX

Water outage in Mexico City to affect 7 million people

30/10/2018
15:51
Newsroom
Mexico City
Phenélope Aldaz & Astrid Rivera (EL UNIVERSAL)
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The water outage will begin at 5:00 AM on the morning of October 31 and will conclude in the morning of November 3

The suspension of the water supply at the end of the present month will affect more than 7 million citizens in the capital and the State of Mexico.

In Mexico City, 4 million people living in 13 out of all 16 elegations will be affected by the water outage, while in the State of Mexico, around 3 million people living in 13 municipalities will be affected.

In the case of the Miguel Hidalgo and Cuauhtémoc delegations, the service cut-off will be of 100%, according to local authorities.

Yesterday, the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) modified the water cut-off schedule from four to three days, starting on October 31 and ending on November 3, while the Cutzamala water system undergoes maintenance.

However, authorities from the Mexico Valley have asked citizens to save water a few days before the cut-off, since tanker trucks will prioritize strategic areas such as schools, hospitals, and prisons.

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, the managing director of Mexico City’s Water System (SACMEX), Ramón Aguirre, indicated that the schedule change would not affect the operation that the city government had prepared to reduce the negative effects of the water shortage with 930 tanker trucks, 70 large water tanks, and 450 wells, which will circulate through the metropolitan area until November 7, four days after the completion of maintenance for the Cutzamala water system.

“This will lower the pressure surrounding the cut-off, but citizens should still be careful in their preservation and storage of water. We only hope that the water supply be restored within the shortest possible time,” claimed the director, adding that the service would go back to normal at the latest on Thursday, November 8.

The water outage will begin at 5:00 AM on the morning of October 31 and will conclude in the morning of November 3. City authorities have estimated that the suspension of the water supply will last 72 hours, and it will take another 72 hours for it to fully recover.
 

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