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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 2, 2002


Mexican Water Debt

October 2 marks the conclusion of the most recent five-year water accounting cycle under the 1944 U.S.-Mexico treaty on the utilization of the Rio Grande, Colorado and Tijuana River waters. During the past two consecutive accounting cycles (i.e., for over ten years), the Government of Mexico has not delivered sufficient volumes of water from six Mexican tributaries to the Rio Grande to ensure compliance with its obligations under this Treaty and other related agreements. The United States again urges Mexico to address the outstanding deficit, which now totals almost 1.5 million acre-feet of water, and to adopt a regulatory framework to ensure that its treaty obligations are afforded the highest priority. Meaningful and rapid steps by Mexico toward these ends are essential for maintaining a viable framework for managing transboundary waters.


Released on October 2, 2002

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