A Mexican town in the border state of Nuevo Leon is limiting residents’ daily access to water to just a six-hour window in response to a historic drought in the region, authorities said Friday.
The city of Monterrey, a major business center whose metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million, will allow water use from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Its previous policy limited water for one day a week depending on location.
This decision is the latest taken by the authorities to combat water shortages in the region. Demand currently exceeds supply by about 2.5 cubic meters per second, city water director Juan Ignacio Barragan told a news conference.
The state of Nuevo Leon, which has increasingly seen temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), entered a state of “extreme drought” emergency in February. The region has seen lower-than-expected rainfall amounts since 2015, Barragan said.
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