Weekly Report - 04 August 2022 (WR-22-31)

MEXICO: Federal gov’t ups efforts to tackle water crisis

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador issued a decree on 29 July which formalised a plan to address the shortage of drinking water in Nuevo León state and the metropolitan area of state capital Monterrey in particular. Consecutive years of low rainfall has meant that many water reservoirs around Mexico – particularly in the arid northern states – are at critically low levels. Although the recent measures focus on Nuevo León, which has been particularly hard hit this year, it is likely that similar measures will need to be taken elsewhere in future, with López Obrador even mooting an overhaul of the national water law.

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