Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the shower (and expect running water), Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua) announced on Monday, Nov. 4, that after five days of water service cutoff — from Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 4 — that despite having turned back on the equipment to pump water into Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Edoméx) Sunday morning, the pumps had been again be shut down and water service immediately suspended (for about 36 to 40 hours, so they say) so that a piece of the new pipeline that was incorrectly installed could be reconnected.

The same areas that were affected by the original cutoff — in Mexico City, the precincts of Álvaro Obregón, Azcapotzalco, Benito Juárez, Coyoacán, Cuajimalpa, Cuauhtémoc, Iztacalco, Iztapalapa, Magdalena Contreras, Miguel Hidalgo, Tláhuac, Tlálpan and Venustiano Carranza, and in the State of Mexico, Toluca, Metepec, Huixquilucan, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Ecatepec, Naucalpan, Tlalnepantla, Tultitlán, Coacalco, Netzahualcóyotl, Chimalhuacán and parts of La Paz — are now having a second water shutoff.

Conagua said that the repair on the maintenance process is affecting about 4.5 million residents of Mexico City and 3.6 million in people Edoméx.


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