A vital water forest outside Mexico City is at risk of disappearing

Americas Now

A Water Forest that supplies Mexico City with 75 percent of its water is a critical resource to the country’s capital, but it could dry up in 50 years.

Just outside of Mexico’s capital you’ll find Bosque de Agua, or the Water Forest. The dimensions of both the forest and the city it neighbors make it a crucial battleground in the decades-long debate between development and environmental sustainability.

Much is at stake here including the very future of one of the largest cities in the world.

It would take $30 billion to supply the current demand for water in Mexico City if the Water Forest disappeared. That’s according to the Mexican Institute for Ecology and Climate Change.

Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports from Mexico City.