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Monday 30 of January 2023

98% of Permit Holders Do Not Pay for Water: Federal Auditing Agency

The State Water Commission reinforced supplies of drinking water in Jalisco.,Photo: Notimex
The State Water Commission reinforced supplies of drinking water in Jalisco.,Photo: Notimex
Available water per person is below international standards

MEXICO CITY – The Federal Auditing Agency (ASF) found that only two percent of the nationwide permit holders pay for water consumption.

Roberto Salcedo Aquino, Special Performance Auditor of the ASF, said there is a mismanagement of the vital liquid, as they are giving permission but not paying for its consumption.

“Water permits have been given and they not being metered. We do not know how much water they are taking, by those with permits, and also only 2 percent of permit holders are paying for water,” stated Salcedo Quino.

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 04ABRIL2016.- Habitantes de la Colonia Valle Gómez se manifestaron la falta de agua por más de dos meses. Los inconforme bloquearon el Circuito Interior y Santa Rosa, y demandaron el servicio. El bloqueo provocó un intenso tráfico en la zona. FOTO: ARMANDO MONROY /CUARTOSCURO.COM
Citizens in Mexico City protest because they don’t have access to water. Photo: Armando Monroy/

He said that the situation is very complicated and therefore water has become an issue of national security.

At a meeting with deputies of the Monitoring Committee, Salcedo Aquino commented that in 2000 there were 14,000 cubic meters of water per inhabitant, but in 2016, due to the deterioration in the quality and quantity of water, there are 3,500 cubic meters per inhabitant; 5,000 cubic meters below international standards.

“In 2000 we were calm, but the deterioration of the quality and quantity of water in 2014 forced laws to be made that water is an issue of national security and is so declared,” said Salcedo Aquino.

Also, the special performance auditor reported that, despite the small amount of water accessible to Mexico, only 47 percent is treated and the rest will pollute other bodies of water.

Another irregularity detected the ASF is that the program “Quien contamina paga” (Who Pollutes, Pays) is only applied in very isolated cases.