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Residents line up to fill plastic bottles from a tap near central Monterrey. Since June, officials have limited city residents’ water access to seven hours a day.

Residents line up to fill plastic bottles from a tap near central Monterrey. Since June, officials have limited city residents’ water access to seven hours a day.

Photographer: Marian Carrasquero/Bloomberg
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Taps Run Dry: Heat and Drought Ravage Monterrey, Mexico

A climate-fueled water crisis in the country’s industrial capital leaves residents thirsty and people illegally tapping pipes.

Carlos Gonzalez stepped out of his car into the cruel heat of downtown Monterrey, took a look at the Casa Brava bar and sighed. “They’ve done it again?” 

Gonzalez, who is tasked with tracking down water theft in Mexico’s industrial capital, had inspected the bar days earlier, found they were illegally piping water from the network and shut off their supply. The bar responded by tapping straight back into the network.