monterrey vi aqueduct mexicoMonterrey VI is a 372 kilometer aqueduct project that begins in the Panuco River in San Luis Potosí, crosses the Mexico states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas until it arrives to Linares, Nuevo León, where it with interconnect with the Cerro Prieto-Monterrey Aqueduct. The infrastructure project was assigned to a consortium lead by an affiliate company of ICA, Mexico’s largest construction company. After completion of phase I, the pipeline will carry water up to 6m3/second into Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Businessmen from Nuevo Leon and Caintra, along with iconic companies like Arca and Alfa are strongly supporting the project. They consider the development of Monterrey VI to be crucial to the continued development of the region and its population. However, significant concerns have been raised about the estimated costs which some estimate to be as high as U$3 billion. If this is the case, then there could be serious implications to the overall cost of water provision over the long term.

“We are concerned about the economic viability of the project, the investment and the impact it will have on the overall cost of water provision in Nuevo Leon. We think that project deferral should be considered if possible”, explained Armando Garza Sada, President of the Consejo de Administración de Alfa.

Meanwhile, others including Francisco Garza Egloff, General Director of Arca Continental, emphasized the importance of proactively addressing the future availability of water something that should be prioritized before there is a shortage similar to what is seen in California.

Mexico Infrastructure Projects Forum 2015 in Monterrey Nuevo Leon