A half-baked solution: drivers of water crises in Mexico
- 1Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, IHE-Delft, Delft, 2601 DA, the Netherlands
- 2Department of Water Management, TU Delft, Delft, 2628 CN, the Netherlands
Abstract. Mexico is considered a regional economic and political powerhouse because of the size of its economy, and a large population in constant growth. However, this same growth accompanied by management and governance failures are causing several water crises across the country. The paper aims at identifying and analyzing the drivers of water crises. Water authorities seem to focus solely on large infrastructural schemes to counter the looming water crises, but fail to structure a set of policies for the improvement of management and governance institutions. The paper concludes with the implications of a business-as-usual policy based on infrastructure for solving water problems, which include a non-compliance to the human right to water and sanitation, ecosystem collapses and water conflicts.