Mexicali, Baja California, Sunday, December 3, 2017.- “One of the main problems faced by Baja Californians, especially those who live in the City of Ensenada and the San Quintín Valley, is the lack of water and therefore we need to do what is necessary to guarantee the constant supply of water,” declared representative Rocío López Gorosave from Ensenada, at the end of the session of the State Congress where the opinion 95 was approved, which makes possible 3 specific projects, the construction of two desalination plants , one in San Quintín and another in Playas de Rosarito, as well as a rainwater system in the Municipality of Mexicali.
The Legislator made clear that it is irresponsible and a serious omission to deny (for political reasons), water to residents of the coastal zone, since it is absolutely necessary for the local communities to develop properly.
López Gorosave added “we respect the opinions against the construction of the desalination plants, however most of those who oppose them, have never experienced the every day lack of water situation that local families and industries have been living for years in that area.
She continued: “The desalination plant in Playas de Rosarito will provide water to that municipality and will greatly contribute to the supply of Tijuana, but it is also of great importance to the Municipality of Ensenada, since a good part of the water it receives comes from Tijuana”.
And added: “As for the desalination plant in San Quentin, it will benefit more than 100 thousand people who are practically on the verge of dying of thirst, since there is no other water source to supply the region.”
López Gorosave informed that, in relation with the approval of opinion 95, three main points stand out:
First.- For no reason or under any circumstances can water be sold outside the State of Baja California, much less to the United States of America.
Second.- All matters concerning the management of public resources, whether it’s the cost of investment, financing, payments, as well as the construction work, will be carried out in a transparent manner, under the principles of maximum publicity established both in the Federal Constitution as in the Local and in several International treaties.
Third.- On an annual basis, the State Executive will be informing the State Congress through the respective Commission on financial management, which should be included in the corresponding Income and Expenditure Law Budgets.
With this reservation, Lopez Gorosave assured that citizens are given greater certainty that things will be done according to law and with clarity, however, it will be the responsibility of the State Executive to manage resources honestly and efficiently.
Finally, the state representative declared that it is the responsibility of the civil society to watch closely that the operation of these desalination plants is directed exclusively for the welfare and the benefit of the people of Baja California.
Source: XXII Legislatura de Baja California