BnamericasPublished: Tuesday, July 12, 2022

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Mexico declares state of emergency due to drought

The Mexican government declared a national state of emergency due to low water levels in several basins, which also involves special regulations. 

According to a decree published in the official gazette, the decision was taken based on the analysis and judgments of national water commission Conagua, which found extreme drought conditions in several areas.

In its latest report, Conagua wrote that only Campeche, Colima, Chiapas, Mexico City, Guerrero, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, and Yucatán are not affected by drought. 

Conagua determined that industrial and agricultural concessionaires may temporarily transfer their concession rights to third parties. They may also transfer any water surplus to operators’ distribution networks for the period of the emergency.

The water authority will also be allowed to temporarily limit access to water by reducing the volume provided to users, in line with the national water law. And Conagua provided water-saving guidelines for end-users.

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