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Last updateFri, 14 May 2021 4am

Drought emergency call

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.

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