Mexico’s federal district (DF) water utility SACM will resume 30% water cuts throughout the city as part of its efforts to combat the water shortage in the area, the DF government reported in a release.
Users will receive a reduced water supply, in all some 3,000l/s less than the normal, and experience cuts several times a week.
SACM will also work with national water authority Conagua to relocate deep wells, build potable water plants and replace pipes in the areas that lose the most water due to leaks, the release said.
The measures aim to reduce the strain on the Cutzamala reservoir system, which now supplies 20% of the water consumed in the Mexico valley metropolitan area. The system’s reservoirs are at the lowest level recorded in recent years, according to SACM.
On January 1, 2010, new water rates came into force across the city, whereby users are charged for potable water services according to their socioeconomic status.
Under the new system, each block of the city falls into one of four economic categories, with the highest-earning areas receiving the lowest subsidies.
SACM will use factors such as the proximity of each block to services such as public transport, banks, schools and universities, as well as information from a 2005 census, to determine which category each one falls into.
Residents will be categorized and informed of their adjusted water rates by the end of February, 2010, according to local press reports.
Source: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 04 Jan 2010