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Water delivery and supply has developed into a major problem in Baja California

Water being rationed in Ensenada because of a lack of supply; water shut off to 441 Tijuana and Rosarito neighborhoods to make system repairs

      Water delivery and supply problems are continuing to be a major issue in Baja California. Water was shut off to 441 neighborhoods in Tijuana and Rosarito Wednesday and Thursday in order for maintenance work to take place on the Florido-Aguaje acqueduct. 

      Water in Ensenada has been in such short supply that the state water agency serving the city has been rationing water in various neighborhoods. On Wednesday, Director Arturo Alvarado González said that water levels are so low in the 30 wells that serve the city that more drastic rationing measures have to be taken. He said the city needs 890 liters a second, but only has 703 liters per second to dispense.

      The city has been divided into five zones; one will get service Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; one will get service Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; one will get service Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and part of Sunday; one will get service daily from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.; and one will get service Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

     Earlier, officials said a planned water desalination plant in Ensenada will help mitigate the problem, but not until next year at the earliest.

     It was unclear how the water shutoff would affect hotels and other businesses.  
             
     Story on water shut off to 441 Tijuana and Rosarito neighborhoods, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Story on Ensenada water rationing, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.