Mexico City shuts off main water pipeline
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City has turned off the tap to millions of residents because water reserves have reached historic lows.
The two-day shutdown of a main pipeline starting Thursday affects at least 5 million of the 20 million people in the Mexico City valley. It is the third time this year the metropolis has temporarily turned off the tap to conserve water.
The water restrictions come as many residents are out of town for Holy Week.
An unusually dry rainy season last year left the city’s Cutzamala water system at 47 percent capacity compared to 85 percent in previous years. The system supplies 20 percent of the area’s water.
The government says it will restore 50 percent of service Saturday and full service by Wednesday.