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Specialists indicated that the water problem in Yucatan is not of scarcity, but of quality.

They warn that the practices that most damage the water table come from human related activities such as livestock, agriculture, food processing and tourism, because most businesses do not have wastewater treatment plants, and those which do have one, do not provide their units with the proper maintenance. Another issue is the inadequate cleaning of septic tanks at homes and businesses.

All of these factors combined with the carelessness of businessmen and authorities, who claim to be generating economic growth for the state, pollute the environment and the underground water reservoirs.

According to the specialists, if this problem is not addressed, in the long term there would be serious health consequences in the Yucatán, such as contamination of drinking water from the wells, alteration of the environment, polluted cenotes, disappearance of bodies of water, deterioration of natural landscapes, flora and fauna, and in a longer term, effects on the urban potable water service.

Alberto Baena Regel, operational technical director of the Cuxtal Reserve, has stated in other interviews that the problem in the state is not the volume of the water, but its quality. “In the long run, this can be much more dangerous than a bad practice in companies or factories”, declared Baena Regel.

According to figures from the Public Registry of Water Rights (Repda) obtained 7 years ago, at the end of 2012, of the total volume concession in the Yucatan Peninsula, 28% corresponds to Campeche, 26% to Quintana Roo and 46% to Yucatan, which are destined mainly to agricultural activities (65%), urban (18%), industrial (2%) and services (15%).

TYT Newsroom with information from yucatan.com.mx



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