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Mexican national water authority Conagua has lifted a ban limiting the use of surface water from the Balsas river basin, according to a release.
The move will allow water to be used for public, urban and domestic needs, benefitting 4.25mn residents across Mexico state (Edomex), Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala.
Until now, water from the river basin was reserved for use by hydroelectric concessions in the region.
Local municipalities will now have access to 22Mm3/y for the next 30 years, said President Felipe Calderón.
Allocating rights for water use in the area will allow municipal governments to obtain financing from Conagua to carry out potable water and sanitation infrastructure projects, the release said.