Mexican President Felipe Calderón has inaugurated a 48mn-peso (US$3.58mn) expansion of the Horcones potable water plant in Mazatlán, Sinaloa state.
The plant's new module, which draws water from the Picachos dam, will decrease the extraction of water from 42 deep wells in the area by 50%. National water authority Conagua has already closed 19 of the wells in an attempt to conserve the region's groundwater, the authority said in a release.
The expansion is part of a wider water management program in Sinaloa that includes construction of a storage dam and a transfer line to carry potable water to Mazatlán's local water utility.
Construction of the storage dam will wrap up at the end of this year and the whole project should be completed by the end of 2016.
The project aims to provide irrigation to 22,500ha of land and increase potable water supply by 40%, ensuring sufficient supply up to 2034.