Tapped Out in Mexico City

Mexico City’s Pedregales neighborhood sits atop a natural spring—but when residents try to turn on their taps, they run dry.
Water shortages are common across the city; 70% of residents only have 12 hours of water a day. But Pedregales residents believe that their water supply is being diverted to luxe neighborhoods.

The water wars are a sign of inequity in Mexico City, but Delfín Montañana of the NGO Isla Urbana calls it a manmade crisis. “We live in a place of abundance. But we have a paradigm of scarcity. We design scarcity,” he says. He lists concrete ideas to fix it, including harvesting rainwater, repairing the water system’s leaks, and building functioning treatment plants.


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