RGV residents use social media to express drought concerns

News Center 23

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:11pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 7:22am

It's no secret that the Rio Grande Valley is suffering from a prolonged drought.

A 1944 US-Mexico water treaty requires Mexico to deliver 1.75 million acre feet of water in five-year increments. But our neighbors to the south lagging behind on their water deliveries.

"If Mexico would deliver their water, uh, continuously and in a timely matter, then we wouldn't be as much in a problem right now," said Arturo Cabello, general manager of Brownsville Irrigation District.

The 408,0000 acre feet of water that Mexico owes the US could play a key role in helping the Valley with its crops and hydraulic systems in general. At least one thousand Valley residents have already signed an online petition, which they hope will gain enough national attention to urge Mexico to comply.

"There's a petition, uh, online that, uh, the Regional Water Authority has on their website, and that petition is going to the president hopefully…if we get a lot of people to sign it, it makes a difference going to Washington," said Cabello.

Various Texas agencies are asking residents to post photos of the drought on Flickr, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag Texas Drought. But in the mean time, Valley residents and organizations are finding ways to make due.

"As municipals, irrigation districts, we're all working together to find a way to strategize, to make a regional plant, long-term, short-term to conserve more water," said Cabello.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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