Water for Life: Have Improvements in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Affected the Lives of Mexico and Texas Border Residents?

by Marcel Dulay,
David Eaton,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008: Ahupua'A


Prior to 1990 the poor communities along the Mexico/US border did have not have comparable waterand wastewater infrastructure investments that exist in other US cities. The explosion of population due to migration along the border has not allowed Mexico to keep up with infrastructure as it would like. Since 1990 all levels of government have invested over 2 billions dollars to improve these condition. How have the lives of the people who live along the border changed due to the investment in water and wastewater systems? Have their lives gotten better? In some cities along the border, the evidence of positive change can be seen through improved health, environment, and other signs. Results on the ground show that when there is investment, people's lives improve.

Subject Headings: Wastewater management | Infrastructure | Investments | Developing countries | Water management | Waste management | Urban areas | Mexico | United States | Texas

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