Mexico’s outdated water infrastructure must be revamped but various CONAGUA projects, such as the Zapotillo Dam, have been on hold for over a year. Developing new infrastructure to efficiently distribute the blue gold across the nation is essential sooner rather than later due to the political upheaval caused by changing Presidential terms. According to INEGI, only 692 of more than 2,000 municipalities treat their wastewater. Garbage is another pressing issue. The country produces more than 86,000 tons of trash a day and with only 241 collection centers nationwide, cities are running out of space to store their waste properly, demanding innovation from the public and private sectors.
This chapter navigates the insights of the sector’s experts on how Mexico’s water infrastructure system could be improved and the impact increased private sector participation would have on optimizing its use.