Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city, and steady population growth and climate change have created a critical need to address water management issues, especially the availability of potable water. If current trends continue without prompt actions to protect and rebuild the water supply, improve the distribution of water, and create social programs to promote water conservation, the current system will not be able to address growing demands, leading to regular shortages with far-reaching social and health consequences.

The Guadalajara area is located in the western part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt, placing the city and surrounding areas at high risk of seismic activity. Vulnerability is increased by varying soil conditions, aging and poorly constructed buildings, and lack of public awareness to risk. The city believes that proactive engagement including a focus on more resilient construction practices and greater public outreach can help minimize the impact of future earthquakes.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Crime / Violence
  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Water Insecurity

Snapshot of Guadalajara Metropolitan Area

  • 4,500,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2010

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