Drought Turns Off Tap in Mexico City

Citizens counting on water trucks during shutoff
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2009 3:52 AM CDT
A man carries bucket filled with water at low-income neighborhood in Mexico City yesterday.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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(Newser) – A record drought forced officials to turn off the major water pipeline providing fresh water to Mexico City, reports the BBC. The shutoff was scheduled to last 36 hours and affects 5 million residents. Emergency water trucks were supplying hard-hit citizens, but Easter weekend was chosen when many people leave the city. Officials hope to fix leaks in the pipeline to save as much water as possible before service is restored. Reservoirs are less than half full this year.