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Ensenada Calls Off Water Rationing To Residents

Ensenada's one reservoir is so dry that authorities had to take its pumping station off line. March 30, 2014.

Aired 6/6/14 on KPBS News.

The Mexican port city of Ensenada has restored 24-hour water supply to its users after five months of harsh rationing.

Water rationing, which had been in effect since January, officially has stopped in the Mexican port city of Ensenada. Pumping from a new well outside the city began at the end of May, adding enough water to the system to call off rationing.

The city's public utilities commission says the supply will last through the dry, hot summer. The severe drought that began last year had forced the city to put users on a rotating rationing system.

Still, some water users have been complaining that their taps continue to be dry. Abelardo Cardenas, spokesman for Ensenada’s public utilities commission, said technicians have checked out those complaints and found that many of the users hadn’t paid their bills.

In Mexico, if you don’t pay up, authorities will put a reducer on your water pipe, he said.

Nevertheless, Cardenas said official complaints about lack of water had gone down by 90 percent. Officials are now working on getting another well on line. Plus, construction is scheduled to begin on a desalination plant in August.

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