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More investment is needed to bring water to distant communities

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Many families in remote communities rely entirely on the use of wells. Photo: File

Experts warn that many regions of Yucatán are facing serious water shortages. 

The problem is not that Yucatán does not have enough drinking water, but rather that many parts of the state are lacking proper infrastructure. 

Some of the state’s most marginalized communities do not have any access to running water at all, while in others the service is intermittent at best. 

The concerns were raised at a conference focusing on issues pertaining to access to water by Maya communities. 

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Several communities have begun to build their own water systems to meet local demand. 

Local water cooperatives dig a well at the center of their respective towns, but problems arise when water demands exceed pump capacity. 

“This problem does not really exist in cities like Mérida or Valladolid, but many communities are really hurting from a lack of infrastructure,” said researcher Inés Cortés Campos.

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