Water Struggles in Córdoba

A series of special reports on the state of the water in the Sierras of Córdoba, Argentina. Since I’ve been living here for six months, and am about to experience my first summer here, I’ve heard a lot about last years’ water shortages, and rumors about upcoming ones. These videos (in spanish) provide a good summary on (some of) the causes for this phenomenon.

While there is a good deal of information about the ill-effects of cattle grazing on the Sierras, there is notably absent any discussion of transgenic soy farming, and its related destructive effects, which are currently a far worse threat to the society, water supply and environment in Córdoba and other parts of Argentina.

Another thing they don’t mention: there are no water meters in Córdoba. No matter if you’re an apartment-dwelling peon or water-guzzling private golf course, you pay the same for your monthly water bill. As of the time of writing this, the flate-rate monthly water bill is about $45 Argentine pesos, or $10 US dollars. But because there are NO WATER METERS, the biggest consumers (Private, affluent neighborhoods or “Countries”) are not paying for what they’re using. Unsurprisingly, the poorest neighborhoods feel the strain when the inevitable water-shortages occur in the city. Coincidence? Water-tensions are heating up in Córdoba, and the city/regional governments are unambiguously in favor of idiocy.



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