Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez says he expects the federal government to declare a drought emergency in Jalisco, with extreme dry conditions currently affecting 68 percent of the state.
The negative impact of the current hot spell is the worst Jalisco has suffered in a decade, Alfaro said. The major casualty has been the Guadalajara metropolitan area, which is battling significant water shortages.
With the Calderon Dam – which supplies 16 percent of Guadalajara’s water supply – “practically empty,” the metropolis has a deficit of just under 500 liters per second as it tries to meet the needs of its five million residents, according to a state government press release.
Alfaro has urged Tapatios to act responsibly and double their efforts to conserve the vital liquid. “We must save as much [water] as possible and understand that we still have two very tough months ahead of us,” he said.