·        In his participation in the UN in 2014, President Peña Nieto proposed the creation of this high-level intergovernmental panel that would call for the responsible actions of world governments to ensure universal access to this vital resource, he said.

·        In Mexico, access to water is a right enshrined in the Constitution. We are taking action and we assume this task with great responsibility, he declared.

·        He led the commemoration of World Water Day.

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto led the commemoration of World Water Day, in which he stressed that Mexico is co-chairing the intergovernmental panel to be installed shortly in the United Nations (UN) “To take global decisions, with technical and financial solutions, which will ensure access to this vital resource for the world population.”

He recalled that in 2014, during his participation in the UN, he proposed that this high-level intergovernmental panel be created to “call for the responsible action of all the world’s governments so that we take care of water, and implement actions and measures that will allow us to guarantee universal access to this vital resource.”

He noted that unfortunately, there are billions of people throughout the world, who, “Live in desert areas or where water is scarce, where unfortunately there is not enough water or they do not have access to this vital resource.” Water, which is an element of life, should reach all humans, he said.

He explained that this is why the United Nations has called for governments to be part of this global effort to conserve water in our countries, through actions and public policies determined by each government.”

The president explained that in Mexico, access to water is a right enshrined in the Constitution. In the country, he added, we are taking action and “assume this task with great responsibility.”

During the event, President Peña Nieto delivered works designed to ensure the supply of water and streamline its use. He said that equipping the wells, modernizing the Irrigation Districts and  Units, and the new "Proaño" water treatment plant delivered today, required an investment of 1.3 billion pesos and will benefit more than 100,000 inhabitants of Fresnillo.

He said that this major investment made it possible to modernize and equip, “More than 2,000 wells in the Irrigation Units and  Districts of Zacatecas.” At the same time, he continued, “We are delivering a particularly important water treatment plant to the urban area of the municipality of Fresnillo, one of the most densely populated in the state of Zacatecas. This work will increase the supply of drinking water to the population of this municipality.”

He confirmed his government’s commitment, “To ensuring that access to water is effectively guaranteed for all Mexicans.”

”This is what we are doing, and that is what we now deliver for the benefit of the inhabitants of Zacatecas, particularly their irrigation districts and the municipality of Fresnillo,” he said.

The president instructed the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and the Head of the National Water Commission to ensure that the program that has made it possible to equip and modernize the Irrigation Districts in Zacatecas “to be maintained and expanded where necessary, where there is demand, particularly where there are wells that require better equipment and modernization.”

In response to requests from the inhabitants of Zacatecas, the president also instructed the Secretary of Health to begin building the Women's Hospital in Fresnillo, and the City for Women’s Health in Jerez. “Construction on these two important works should begin this year so that they can be delivered as soon as possible,” he declared.

During the event, President Peña Nieto granted Concession Titles to farmers in Zacatecas, and unveiled the inaugural plaque of the Proaño Water Treatment Plant.


Director General of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), Roberto Ramírez de la Parra, said that water and employment have been achieved through with the modernization of the irrigation districts’ and units’ infrastructure in the past three years. He said that the hydraulic works and actions carried out guarantee the work and source of income of thousands of families in Zacatecas, meaning that there is no better way to celebrate World Water Day.

He noted that earlier, at best, the water extracted from dams recorded conduction efficiencies of 70 percent, meaning that in the transition from the dam to plots of land, 30 out of every 100 liters of water were lost. With the new works, he explained, the water stored in dams is now carried by pipes so that farmers can achieve delivery efficiency rates of up to 90 percent.

"Farmers in Zacatecas who have benefited from these works now have a development perspective. Saving these volumes of water that were previously lost makes it possible to plant larger areas,” he declared.

He said that, in addition, a portion of the volume saved will be kept in the dams in order to have water in drought years or when the rains are not as plentiful. “We administer water not only thinking about today but also about tomorrow and the coming years.”

The director of CONAGUA also stated that the “Proaño” water treatment plant will supply water to the homes of the inhabitants of the northern part of the state. He explained that its 125 liters per second capacity will make it possible to water 740 hectares of beans during an agricultural cycle. It will also be complemented by works to support distribution, which will ensure the water supply for the next 20 years.


Governor of Zacatecas Miguel Alonso Reyes said that thanks to the solidarity and support of President Enrique Peña Nieto, “the old desire of Fresnillo families to have potable water is becoming a reality.”

He explained to the president that, “The harshness of this land has forged our character and the lack of water in much of its territory has taught us to take care of it and give it its true value. That is why we told you of our need to modernize our wells and irrigation systems to increase the competitiveness of our rural producers and improve the quality of life of their families.”

He said that improving the state’s hydroagricultural infrastructure will ensure Zacatecas’s position as the leading producer of beans, chili, garlic and carrot, the second largest producer of lettuce and grapes, and third largest tomato and tomatillo producer.

He thanked the president for his support in ensuring that Zacatecas has an additional 47 million cubic meters of water, which will be stored in a large dam, whose technical studies are soon to be completed. ”This decision shows a clear visionary attitude, which will allow our state to ensure the supply of drinking and industrial water for the next 30 years in the Fresnillo-Zacatecas-Guadalupe urban corridor,” he said.

On the other hand, he added, with the same principle of care and rational use of water, the president was informed of the historical problem of water shortage in Fresnillo, the municipality with the largest population in the state.

“In both cases, your commitment and the support of your government have been crucial to making progress,” he said, noting that, “President Enrique Peña Nieto has kept his word to Zacatecas as Zacatecas has kept its word to its president.”


On behalf of Zacatecas farmers, Daniel Torres Mercado, President of the “Leobardo Reynoso” Dam Users’ Association, said that, “Today the Zacatecas countryside is undergoing a transformation we had never seen before.”

Recalling the commitment made by President Peña Nieto in 2013 to modernize, equip and technify wells and canals, he noted: ”Today we have new infrastructure and new irrigation equipment to work with. Today there is work and production. "

“We are changing agriculture,” he added, “We are improving the conditions of our families, the countryside you see today is different from how it was in 2013, when, you will recall, we were desperate because of a severe drought that did not allow us to plant crops two years in a row, and unless we sow, we cannot support our families and we have to leave the countryside.”

“We learned the lesson. Today we take care of water and use it more efficiently; water is now available for progress,” he said.  “We have new, technified canals, with pipe in the plots of land, new irrigation equipment and a new desire to continue working." “There is new hope in the Zacatecan countryside,” he said.