Water Rationing Implemented Over Mexico Drought, Thefts Rise

Water rationing has been implemented across Mexico amid the ongoing drought, leading to escalating reports of theft of water supplies.

Due to the ongoing drought, authorities all over Mexico have been rationing water by periodically turning off water supplies to houses as well as businesses since the beginning of the year.

The Mexican National Water Authority declared a state of emergency in four northern states last month. A few weeks later, the agency announced that the region of Nuevo Leon is facing a water shortage crisis.

Amid the ongoing crisis, Nuevo León’s governor, Samuel García, asked residents for patience. 

“Your support is essential so that we can overcome this summer with water, we ask you to help Nuevo León get out of this,” said Garcia.

Some areas in the city of Monterrey have faced a lack of running water for 50 straight days.

Some residents have to wait in line for hours in order to get water rations from delivery trucks.

The crisis has led some individuals to resort to criminal activity to gain access to water supplies, with local media reporting that residents in certain cities have started illegally tapping pipes. Protesters have also begun to impede traffic.

Nuevo Leon’s average temperature in May was the highest it had ever been, coming in at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). 

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that water shortages in Mexico and Central America will likely persist in the years to come as towns in northern Mexico like Monterrey continue to utilize water for industrial purposes.

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