Severe drought in northern Mexico leads to water scarcity

 Wednesday, July 20, 2022 


A severe drought in northern Mexico is not only making daily life taxing for all inhabitants, but it is also creating problems for their source of revenue.

Hope of rain is the only thing that the residents want. Last week, Mexico’s National Water Commission affirmed a drought crisis, thereby permitting the government to take steps to assure the supply of water. Northern Mexico’s Drought Monitor placed almost half the country, almost all of the north and central regions under drought situation.
The drought is connected to the weather conditions known as La Niña, the impact of which has become worse with climate change. La Niña is a natural and recurring cooling of parts of the equatorial Pacific that is responsible for changing weather patterns universally. In areas like northern Mexico and the southwest U.S., these conditions have led to droughts greater than before.

The drying up of Santiago’s reservoir is not the lone trouble for the business hub of Monterrey, which is about 22 miles to the north.

Another reservoir assisting water supply in the city, Cerro Prieto is below half of 1% of its capability. The reservoir is majorly empty. It leaves a third reservoir called El Cuchillo 46% full, said Juan Ignacio Barragán, who is the director general of the Monterrey Water and Sewer Services.

In usual conditions, 60% of Monterrey’s water is sourced from the reservoirs and the rest is procured from deep and shallow wells and subterranean water capturing burrows.

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