Water Infrastructure Will Boost Nuevo Leon’s Growth: CMICBy Fernando Mares | Mon, 05/30/2022 - 14:29
Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel García declared that the state has a net water deficit of over 15 percent. For this reason, an investment of US$1.2 billion is required to drill more water wells, detect leaks and check the quality of existing capacity, all to reach the goal of sourcing over 16,000L/s by Aug. 2022.
“We are taking this project seriously. For now, we want to meet the demand of 16,000L/s, which is the average consumption. Currently, we have just over 13,000L/s… To reach this goal, we must act quickly,” said García.
The Master Plan for Water consists of actions in the short, medium and long term. In the short term, Nuevo Leon will continue to plan for a reduction in the water supply and cut supply once a week after 9:00 a.m. in each of Monterrey’s seven zones. In the medium term, the state government aims to construct of 132 shallow and 20 deep water wells, as well as the Libertad dam. In addition, four advanced water treatment plants are to be constructed. The projects are to be carried out via a joint investment with the federal government.
Although the long-term projects are still in the planning phase, the governor announced the construction of a second pipeline at the El Cuchillo I dam, linking the state to the Vicente Guerrero dam, located in Tamaulipas, as well as connect the system with the Panuco River.
Roberto Macías, President, the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) of Nuevo Leon, said that the Mobility and Water plans, which jointly will require an investment of over US$5 billion, will increase the construction companies’ production value by 60 percent during the six-year term of the current administration. He considers this investment to be unprecedented. “Imagine the positive impact this investment will have. Even when infrastructure investment was low in 2019, Nuevo Leon ranked as the main contributor to the construction sector’s GDP, the third in national GDP and the second federal tax contributor,” said Macías, who declared that CMIC members are willing to participate in Public-Private Partnerships for the projects
On May 13, 2022, García announced that president López Obrador signed a commitment to allocate over US$254 million for the conclusion of the Libertad dam works and the construction of the Interurban train that will connect the Santa Catarina municipality with Monterrey International Airport.
In April 2022, the federal government estimated that Nuevo Leon’s water scarcity might be solved by June of that year.