Mexico’s Water Crisis Is Spilling Over Into Politics

By Adam Williams

Drought across much of the country’s landmass is affecting economic activity and the upcoming presidential election.

MEXICO CITY—Mexico is running out of drinking water. From the arid and desert regions of the country’s north to sun-baked tropics of the south, water shortages are becoming increasingly common—and the national implications are already being felt in the form of mass protests, economic threats, and increasing attention by the leading candidates in the country’s presidential race. Citizens are angry. In recent months, thousands have taken to the streets to protest water outages, and with good reason. According to the Mexican constitution, access to water is a human right that the...

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