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On Monday, Aug. 15, 12 municipalities in Mexico City experienced a reduction in the supply of drinking water due to the low water levels in the storage dams of the Cutzamala System aqueduct.

Representatives from the Mexico City Water System (Sacmex) explained early Monday that the water pressure in the capital would be decreased from the usual 8,750 liters per second to 8,200 liters per second — a decrease of 550 liters per second — until further notice.

The municipalities affected by the water cutoffs included Álvaro Obregón, Azcapotzalco, Benito Juárez, Coyoacán, Iztacalco, Iztapalapa, Cuajimalpa, Cuauhtémoc, Magdalena Contreras, Miguel Hidalgo, Tlalpan and Venustiano Carranza.

Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua) had earlier announced that the reduction of the supply of water was a preventive measure due to the scarcity of rains since 2020, which caused the low water levels in the dams.

Sacmex likewise announced that it will deploy 200 tanker trucks to distribute water, free of charge, to various municipalities in the capital.

Meanwhile, the municipalities in the State of Mexico (Edoméx) that were affected by the water reduction included Ecatepec, Nezahualcóyotl, Naucalpan, Tlalnepantla, Tecámac, Nicolás Romero, Atizapán de Zaragoza, Coacalco, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Huixquilucan, Tultitlán, Toluca and Acolman.

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