For Now, Rains Bring More Stability To Hermosillo’s Water Supply

Published: Monday, July 12, 2021 - 4:55pm
Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:12am

Steady monsoon rains have lowered fears of an impending water crisis in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo - at least for now.

Just a few weeks ago, city officials were warning that the El Novillo Reservoir — the source for roughly a third of the city’s water — could drop so low that it would become impossible to continue drawing water from it. But since then, the state has been regularly pounded by monsoon rains.

Interim Hermosillo Mayor Fermín González recently told Sonoran media that the monsoons had made the prospect of tandeos — or coordinated cutoffs of water service — much less likely.

In late June, the reservoir was below a quarter full, a historic low. Just a few weeks later, it now sits at well over 30% full, according to federal data.

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