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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 04:58 AM

Mexico Owes The United States Billions Of Gallons Of Water. And It's Not The First Time.

A 1944 international treaty requires Mexico to deliver a certain amount of water to the United States in five-year cycles. The current cycle ends in a few months and Mexico is behind by billions of gallons of water. So this month, the International Boundary and Water Commission wrote a letter urging Mexico to rush the delivery.

The U.S. secretary for the commission, Sally Spener, told Texas Standard’s Joy Díaz that Mexico has been delivering water over the past five years, but they are running out of time.

“Really, it’s not appropriate to wait,” Spener said. “Mexico needs to be more proactive in taking action right now.”

The two countries share access to the Rio Grande and, based on this almost 80-year-old agreement, the United States is entitled to a portion of the water arriving in the river from Mexican tributaries.

Read more: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/mexico-owes-the-united-states-billions-of-gallons-of-water-and-its-not-the-first-time/

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