Current Drought in Mexico Could Have Been Prevented ... Hundred Years Ago.

24.10.2014

Like California in the United States, there is an acute shortage of fresh water in Mexico now. While hydrologists are struggling with the decision, historians believe that the've found the cause of the problem. Unfortunately, as a new study explains, the moment when it was still possible to change the situation was lost long ago. The fact is that in the 30s of last century, the government embarked on the transformation of Mexico into agricultural superpower. In order to turn quite dry region into a blooming oasis, all engineering elite of the country took up the construction of irrigation facilities. And as there were not much rains in Mexico, it was decided to use ground water.

Current Drought in Mexico Could Have Been Prevented ... Hundred Years Ago.

Even then some geohydrologist worried about the fact that groundwater resources are not unlimited. But, as always, while the crop is growing fast and there's a large flow of money in the budget, few people are interested in the opinion of environmentalists. In 1937 it was assumed that pumping deeper water may lead to mixing of it with water toxic substances such as arsenic. However, restrictions on the uncontrolled pumping of water was introduced only 10 years later. By mid-century demands on water supplies exceeded the amount water. And to the 70s when stocks run out completely and in some parts of Mexico wells dried up the government admitted the water crisis. Scientists hope that this brief excursion into the past will draw attentionto the awareness of countries about their problems and about their unwillingness to solve them in favor of short-term profits.