In Quintana Roo, more than 130,000 lack drinking water: Ministry of Welfare

In Quintana Roo, more than 130,000 lack drinking water: Ministry of Welfare

Quintana Roo.- According to the latest National Survey of Health and Nutrition (Ensanut) carried out by the Ministry of Health (Ssa) and the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), in the southeastern region of Mexico, 15.6% of households lack drinking water.

This means that, according to official figures, 15 out of every 100 homes in the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Yucatan, Chiapas and Tabasco suffers from so-called “water insecurity”.

Meanwhile, according to the annual report on the situation of poverty and social backwardness of the Ministry of Welfare, based on information from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval), 4.14% of the population of three states of the Yucatan Peninsula do not have drinking water service.

In this framework, the largest amount of population that do not have access to drinking water in these states is located in Quintana Roo, with a total of 130.5 thousand citizens living in 38 thousand 399 houses. Meanwhile, in Campeche, the number of people without drinking water is 41.2 thousand in 12 thousand 196 homes, while in Yucatan, 40.2 thousand people lack this service, residing in 12 thousand 322 homes.

“The right to water is universal and is intrinsically related to other fundamental rights such as food and health, that is, the right to water will directly affect the nutrition of individuals, diseases in a region, the economy of a country, among others. other aspects”, refers the Ensanut 2021.

In the Yucatan Peninsula, almost all the water used for the public supply network is extracted from the region’s aquifers. In 2020, the National Water Commission (Conagua) carried out analyzes of the quality of this natural resource in 125 hydrological points in the area, with samples collected without treatment.

The study found that of the 125 hydrological points, 41 passed the traffic light with green, that is, only 32.8% of the total number of sites met the quality standards. Likewise, 74% of the places remained at a yellow traffic light, which means that 59.2% have acceptable levels of conductivity, alkane and hardness, as well as the adequate amounts of different materials.

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Only 10 places of underground water remained at a red light, which means that 8.0% present different types of substances that can be harmful to people’s health.

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