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‘Does the metro area have a right to more of Lake Chapala’s water?

As authorities seek new sources of water due to a growing shortage in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara. Reporter staffer Stephen Woodman took to the streets of Ajijic to ask area expats what they think.

“I don’t know if they have a right to the water. But I hope they don’t take it. The lake is not anywhere close to capacity and I know at one point it used to be.”

Linda Dunn, originally from the U.S., five-year Lakeside resident.

“No I think the lake should be protected. There are lots of other ways to get the water. The lake is struggling as it is.” 

Mike Sanders, originally from the U.K, 13-year lakeside resident.

 “They are already taking more than the lake can stand. The end result will be an empty lake which won’t benefit them anymore than us.”

Libbie Colterjohn, originally from Scotland, 20-year lakeside resident. 

“I don’t know anything about rights but I think if they are truly in need we need to help them.”

Patricia Wagoner, originally from Zimbabwe, two-year lakeside resident.

“I think they have a right to the water. I think it’s fine.”

Joan Whyte, originally from Canada, 10-year lakeside resident.

“We’re from California. You never give your water away!” 

Name withheld on request.

“The lake is definitely suffering. Any water coming out of it is going to be detrimental to the future.”

Sam Baker, originally from Canada, eight-year Lakeside resident.

“The health of the lake is very important for local fishermen. A couple of years ago the lake receded to nearly a puddle, so we need to keep the water at the same level.”

Monica Petrowitsch, originally from Canada, four-year lakeside resident.

“The lake is here for everybody but controls are needed. If they can make sure that enough water is coming to sustain the lake, then we can share.”

Bob Moore, originally from the U.S., 14-year lakeside resident.

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