La Jornada – Rebasadas, Conagua and laws of the sector in the face of drought

La Jornada – Rebasadas, Conagua and laws of the sector in the face of drought
La Jornada – Rebasadas, Conagua and laws of the sector in the face of drought

Mexico City. Droughts have occurred “cyclically” for more than 20 years and are part of the water problem in the country, which is also influenced by availability, population growth and large concentrations in urban centers. which do not coincide with the areas where there is more liquid; “It is a great challenge to guarantee the supply of drinking water,” said the National Water Commission (Conagua).

This was one of the written responses that the agency gave to a questionnaire that was sent to it, given the limited information it discloses about the water crisis that is being experienced in the country and that is basically known from the sessions of the Technical Operation Committee. of Hydraulic Works, which despite the fact that a government agreement establishes that they must be weekly, for a few months they have been carried out every 15 days, as well as the reluctance to give interviews.

In relation to the omission of the Legislature to issue the general water law and its involvement in this process, Conagua said that it has participated in different working groups in the Chamber of Deputies, “where comments have been issued on the content of several proposals, some of which include aspects that are unconstitutional.”

To face the current crisis, he listed at least a dozen large projects, those announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “Necessary infrastructure has been built for the main cities affected by the drought, including Monterrey, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, La Laguna and the metropolitan area of ​​the Valley of Mexico,” although for the latter city he did not specify which ones they are.

He highlighted that the National Meteorological Service carries out biweekly monitoring of the drought and that the technical committee analyzes, studies and forecasts the state and evolution of hydrometeorological and hydrological conditions, among other phenomena linked to the liquid, “in order to establish policies and action measures that are appropriate and sustainable, in the operation of dams and other related hydraulic infrastructure works.”

He added that to guarantee the supply of the resource, new sources of supply and the construction, expansion, modernization, rehabilitation and maintenance of hydraulic infrastructure works in drinking water and sanitation systems must be analyzed. He specified that he has reserved volumes of fluid for the supply of the population and for the protection of the environment.

Public policy, he explained, is based on “a broad legal framework that is based on constitutional precepts, which establish that, for the exploitation, use or exploitation of national waters, by individuals or by companies established in accordance with the legislation, “It cannot be carried out except through concessions that require assessing the average annual availability of the water resource, with the objective of balancing and preserving the resource for future generations.”

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