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Water Shortage Reported Due to Power Outages in Mérida

- May 26, 2024

The high temperatures during the past few weeks, Carlos Castillo, the director of the Yucatán Water and Sewerage Board, stated that maintenance work is being carried out on pumping stations throughout the city of Mérida.

He mentioned that during this time, water consumption within properties increases by up to 30%, which accelerates the need for infrastructure inspections and leads to low water pressure in certain areas.

Additionally, the head of Japay (the water utility company) explained that power outages are being experienced. In May alone, there have been 45 incidents in different areas of the Yucatecan capital.

Furthermore, an emergency power plant was installed in Gran San Pedro Cholul because they remained without electricity for more than 12 hours.

Currently, there are reports of disruptions at the Mérida 4 water treatment plant in the western part of the city, as well as at the Plant 3, which supplies water to the northeastern region.”

The scarcity of water due to power outages can have significant consequences for communities, agriculture, health, and ecosystems. It’s essential to address this issue through sustainable management, efficient water use, conservation, infrastructure improvements, and international cooperation.

Source: Sipse