Workers of restaurants and boats of the La Boca Dam suffer from a drought of clients

Monterey, NL. The La Boca Dam It is one of the main reservoirs from which water was extracted and made drinkable for consumption in the Metropolitan area, and was a major tourist site. Today it looks with little water, affecting surrounding businesses and restaurants, and mainly the boatmen, some people interviewed denied knowing of any program to support the temporary employment.

La Boca Dam is located 32.1 kilometers from Monterrey. The reservoir has a total capacity of 300,000 cubic meters, and it was maintained at 73% on average, so you could travel by boat or catamaran, practice water skiing and some sports, or make a stopover at one of the floating restaurants to eat. today there is only a small lake divided into two parts.

It is 12 noon and the place is almost empty, the five floating restaurants are surrounded by a dry and cracked earth floor, and the few employees hope that on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, walkers will arrive to consume food and beverages.

In different interviews, bar and restaurant workers who are on the boardwalk were more optimistic about having consumers after 3 in the afternoon when they come to eat and drink.

“Four months ago the dam began to dry up, it began to go down and down. The dam always went down a little but not like that, it went down when the hurricane timeslast year all of them were diverted and the water did not arrive”.

“It has been about 9 or 10 months since it rained, if there were temporary waters, the dam might not fill up, but the streams do take water. They say (the authorities) that it has 4 days left, I don’t think so, there is still water and a lot of fish, with a downpour that lasts a day the dam can be filled, what happens is that it has never been seen like this, I am over 30 years old here”, commented the owner of a group of ponies, who preferred not to give his name.

On October 3, the governor Samuel Garcia received the administration, the La Boca Dam, had 56% storage, with 19,644 cubic millimeters (Mm3), and 1,744 cubic meters per second were being extracted, according to data from the National Water Comission (With water).

It is worth mentioning that the new dam boardwalk was inaugurated on September 13, 2021, it was built to promote the economic and tourist development of the municipality of Santiago. The boardwalk consists of a concrete slab in front of the seafood restaurants and beverage outlets, it has some planters, trees and lanterns.

The previous state government invested 92.3 million pesos with state and municipal resources in said work.

Call to the population

Through his social networks, last February, the mayor of Santiago, David de la Pena Marroquincalled on the population so that, given the situation experienced by the merchants around the La Boca Dam, they go to the shops and restaurants in the area to consume.

The economic sustenance of many families in Santiago depends on these establishments, they are fathers, mothers and their children, who live from the restaurants and shops installed on the boardwalk and the area.

“There is one side of the coin that no one is talking about, that needs your help today more than ever: the families of Santiago; and it is that perhaps you have not thought about it, but since there is no water in the dam, all businesses are losing, “De la Peña Marroquín mentioned through his social networks.

The municipality of Santiago reported that for those who offered boat and catamaran rides who cannot work, the council approved a temporary employment program in the Secretary of Municipal Public Servicescarrying out cleaning work in the dam basin.

However, the workers interviewed said they were not aware of any employment support program.

Data on water consumption

The director of the Economic Research Center of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Joana Chapa Cantucommented to The Economistwhich according to data from Conagua, New Lion it has had water pressure above 40%, which places the entity at a high level.

The water pressure, he said, is the percentage that the water used represents renewable water. The higher it is, it implies that a greater proportion of the available water is being used.

According to the Nuevo León 2050 Water Plan, 71% of the water is assigned to the agricultural sector, 25% to public supply and 4% to self-sufficient industry.

“If we place ourselves in the water provided by the Monterrey Water and Drainage Service, 70% goes to the residential sector, 19% to the public sector and 11% to the industrial and commercial sector”, emphasized Chapa Cantú.

Agua y Drainaje is supplied by three dams: La Boca, Cerro Prieto and El Cuchillo; of which the first two are at critical levels.

“Given that the agricultural sector is intensive in the use of water, this productive activity will be one of the most affected by the drought, one of these areas is the irrigation district of Las Lajas, because it is fed by the El Knife; The agricultural products that are produced in that irrigation district are: grain corn, sorghum (in grain and forage), alfalfa and grass, according to the agricultural statistics of the irrigation districts 2017-2018, from Conagua”, he mentioned.

Regarding manufacturing, he said that although the industry is mostly self-sufficient in water, the productive activities that have a high presence in Nuevo León and that are water-intensive are the beverage industry, the manufacture of pulp, paper and cardboard. and casting molding of metal parts (Input-Product Matrix 2018), of inegi.

government measures

After the alert given at the beginning of this month by the director of Water and Drainage Services of Monterrey, Juan Ignacio Barraganabout the fact that if the high consumption of water in the Metropolitan Area continued, there would be a deficit of the vital liquid that could reach 35% in summer.

“In March and April we need to strengthen the reduction of consumption, the shallow wells only produce 3 cubic meters per second, the biggest problems are in the Topo Chico area, because they are further away from the transfer ring,” he explained.

To stop the excessive use of water, the program Water for everybodywhich is the rationalization of the vital liquid, by minimizing the supply of water each day to one of the seven zones into which the metropolitan area was divided, in addition to combating leaks and ant theft.

With the incorporation of 119 shallow and deep wells to extract water, “we are not going to lose all the water, we are going to have 12,000 to 12,500 liters per second, but we need that 25% (deficit),” the official said. last Saturday during a tour of the eastern part of the state.

For this reason, they are working with businessmen and industrialists so that they provide the government with the wells that they have under their exploitation to incorporate them into the supply.

During the event, Oscar Tijerina, one of the producers of the irrigation district 031 commented: “here the irrigation system begins, so that each member makes efficient use of water, these days (we learned of the) concern they have to request water everywhere. Right now we have planted corn, sorghum, fodder, we sell it to companies that sell cattle, we are going to donate part of our water concession, we believe in you (Samuel García), there is our volume”.

“But we want you to commit to modernizing the irrigation system, we haven’t had government support for 30 years, we’ll entrust it to you,” the producer emphasized to the governor. Samuel Garcia Sepulveda.

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