Mexico City has provided its own water from the times of the Aztecs up until the late twentieth century (Ezcurra and Mazari-Hiriart, 1996). The residents of the city relied mostly on groundwater as their main source of water and did not need to import it from elsewhere. That changed in the mid 1960’s when the population started to grow dramatically (Ezcurra and Mazari-Hiriart, 1996). This enormous growth put increased demand on water supply and groundwater could no longer support the thirst of the entire city on its own. Thus extra water was brought to Mexico City from two outside sources: the Cutzamala River Basin and the Lerma River Basin. Now the city relies heavily on these watersheds for the significant amount of water they provide to Mexico City. The Cutzalama and Lerma Basins contribute over thirty percent of the water that the city obtains (Tortajada and Castelan, 2003). Yet, the city is so large and con...
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