The water is disappearing in San Felipe Ecatepec, an Indigenous town three miles outside of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, in southern Mexico.
“In the past four years, our wells have started drying up,” says Juan Urbano, who just finished a three-year term this February as the president of the Communal Territory of San Felipe Ecatepec. “People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water.”
Where is all the water going?
In between San Felipe and San Cristobal lies a Coca-Cola bottling plant, operated by the Mexican company FEMSA. The plant consumed over 1.08 million liters of water per day in 2016.
San Cristobal alone is some 200,000 people. Average usage of water in Mexico is 35 gallons a day, call that 100 litres among friends.
San Cristobal uses 7.3 billion litres a year, the Coke plant 370 million or summat, or 5%.
Sure, the Coke plant will ave an influence at the margin bu it’s not the problem, is it?