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What the papers say - THE INDEPENDENT

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Mexico City is facing an increasingly acute water shortage and growing sanitation problems due to the collapse of the aquifer on which it is founded, the World Bank has warned. The city is sinking faster than Venice - at a rate of up to 300mm a year - in some districts. To satisfy the demand of the city's 20M inhabitants for 48Ml of water a day, water is increasingly being pumped huge distances from rivers outside the city.

Meanwhile, such is the rate of settlement that where sewage used to drain the Gulf of Mexico under gravity 50 years ago, it must now be pumped uphill to clear the city.

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