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AMLO Calls on Companies to Cut Water Use Amid Historic Shortage

June 27, 2022, 3:49 PM

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said beer producers and other businesses in Monterrey, Mexico’s second-largest city, should cut water usage to alleviate a severe shortage hitting the country’s industrial center.

The water authority in Nuevo Leon, the state where Monterrey is located, in early June cut water domestic use to just six hours a day, with swaths of the city left entirely without water, after an acute drought reduced supply to historic lows. The city’s population has also climbed dramatically in recent years without the investments needed to improve water reservoirs.

Residents wait in line with plastic bottles to refill them with clean water in Monterrey, on June 20.
Photographer: Marian Carrasquero/Bloomberg

Asked about the water situation during his ...