Emergency begins due to severe drought: Conagua reports
The National Water Commission (Conagua) published this Thursday in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF) a general agreement to initiate an emergency due to the occurrence of severe, extreme or exceptional drought in basins by the year 2020.
The above, because to date it has been determined in several basins of the country, the condition of this natural phenomenon in its modalities of severe, extreme or exceptional; according to the published notice and in order to contribute with the actions of mitigation of the effects of drought, they issued a series of actions to follow.
In this regard, the holders of concessions for the exploitation, use, or development of national waters, in addition to implementing the preventive and mitigation measures stipulated in the corresponding Basin Council Program, may give notice to the Water Authority to provide third parties, on a provisional basis, with the total or partial use of the waters under concession.
In addition, it was stipulated that they may temporarily assign or transfer to the Water Authority their rights and request the interruption of the expiration of the concession volumes they do not use, while the emergency persists.
The document also indicates that, according to the results of the analyses and opinions made by the Drought Monitor of Mexico, Conagua may execute transitory measures agreed upon with the users' representatives in the basin councils that present severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions.
The above, provided that the objective is to guarantee water supply for domestic and urban public use. In addition, in a statement, Conagua exhorted the users of national waters in municipalities that present some kind of drought condition to implement the preventive and mitigation measures contained in the Program for Drought Prevention and Mitigation Measures that corresponds to the basin council where they are located.