Roundup: Right to water, Nuevo Leon drought, Tamaulipas waste

- Friday, September 30, 2011

Roundup: Right to water, Nuevo Leon drought, Tamaulipas waste

Mexico's senate has amended article four of the country's constitution to ensure the right to water and a clean environment, according to a release.

The amendment establishes the right to access to clean, treated water for personal and domestic use.

The reform must now be approved by state congresses.

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Mexican national water authority Conagua has delivered 50,000 water purification tablets to municipalities across Nuevo Leon state, according to a release.

The tablets will be used to treat 0.5Ml of rainwater, making it suitable for drinking, in an effort to mitigate the effects of drought in the state.

Rural communities that lack potable water systems have been particularly affected by the drought, Conagua said.

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The Tamaulipas state government is developing criteria for improved waste management systems, according to a release.

The state government held a workshop to generate ideas on waste management and use, in conjunction with state urban development and environment authority Seduma, the autonomous university of Tamaulipas and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC).

Municipal governments received information about methods of waste generation, separation and the use of waste in composting projects.