Mexico City's congress working on water services bill

Bnamericas Published: Monday, April 01, 2019
Mexico City's congress working on water services bill

The congress of Mexico City is working on drafting new legislation related to water supply and sewerage services.

The bill is expected to be approved this year, lawmaker Guadalupe Aguilar, chair of the congressional comprehensive water management committee, said at a meeting with Rafael Carmona, head of local water and sewerage utility Sacmex.

"Water supply is a priority topic that needs to be addressed by the government, the congress and the population," Aguilar was quoted as saying in congressional statement.

The lawmaker also said that a decree to rename the water law of the Mexico City federal district as the law for the right to Mexico City's public potable water, sewage, drainage, and water technology services was published in the local official gazette on Friday.

The amendment will serve to strengthen local efforts to promote water harvesting systems in the Mexican capital, Aguilar said.


At the meeting, Carmona explained how the 5.97bn pesos (US$311mn) outlined in its 2019 program will be invested.

The figure was broken down as follows: 359mn pesos for the relocation of 20 wells and the rehabilitation of another 12; 223.3mn pesos for the rehabilitation of 15 potable water plants; 14.7mn pesos to upgrade five storage tanks; 927mn for the rehabilitation of supply lines; 69.4mn pesos for the rehabilitation, construction, and relocation of potable water pumping plants; 300mn pesos to detect and repair leaks; 600mn pesos for monitoring programs; 291mn pesos for a sectorization program to reduce leaks; 162mn pesos for telemetry and automation systems; and 457mn pesos to be invested in complementary works and services.

Another 583mn pesos will be used to build and rehabilitate wastewater collectors; 540mn pesos to desilt dams, lagoons, and rivers; 110mn pesos to rehabilitate the deep sewage system; 400mn pesos for the sanitation programs for the national canal, the San Lucas dam, and the Magdalena and San Buenaventura rivers; and 35mn pesos for the construction and rehabilitation of absorption wells.

Another 115mn pesos will be invested in the construction of four suction pits; 239mn pesos for the rehabilitation of 15 wastewater treatment plants and 20 wastewater pumping plants; 85mn pesos to provide maintenance on existing sewage infrastructure; 103mn pesos for consultancy works related to sewage projects; 208mn pesos for the purchase of sewage infrastructure equipment; and the remaining 155mn pesos to carry out new sewerage works.

Picturered: A view of the meeting. CREDIT: Mexico City congress.

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