Sonora’s Governor, Alfonso Durazo, announced measures to assure a sufficient water supply in Hermosillo, which include both water awareness campaigns and upgrades for the existing water infrastructure. The program will require an investment of over US$1.5 million. State authorities emphasize that the federal government backed the Sonora’s water plans.
“We are working on a program to guarantee water supply for human, industrial and agricultural consumption throughout the next 30 years… it is not an easy issue to address, we have technical experts analyzing every possible option. We need to get to work right now because once a water leak occurs, it takes time to solve it,” Durazo said.
Durazo announced he met with Hermosillo Mayor Antonio Astiazarán to discuss different strategies to address the water problem, including the campaigns as well as works to optimize the drainage system and upgrade the water distribution network. Durazo proposed a water meter system to guarantee fair prices for low-income citizens and suitable costs for larger consumers.
Under the plan, new sources of water are to be developed, such as new water wells and a desalination plant, whose location is to be confirmed. Astiazarán added that although it is important to look for more water sources, it is even more important to focus on ways to prevent water waste.
Durazo highlighted the joint work with the state’s Water Commission (CEA) to solve immediate issues. The government foresees an investment of US$406,000 for preventive maintenance equipment for the El Novillo plant, which moves around 34 million L/y, US$254,000 for solar panels to reduce energy costs of the water treatment plant located in the southern part of Hermosillo, US$431,000 for chlorine management, US$96,000 to repair the water pump at El Colorado and US$406,000 for the water reservoir of Hermosillo.
According to the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), over 80 percent of the country suffers from droughts, but the northern states are affected the most. For this reason, governments have implemented water cut policies and a reduction in supply, as well as investment plans to improve water infrastructure.
Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel García, for example, declared that the state has a net water deficit. For this reason, he announced an investment of over US$1.2 billion to drill water wells, detect leaks and construct new dams, as well as give maintenance to the existing infrastructure.