Water taps have been running dry in a major Mexico city. In the industrial hub of Monterrey, the nation's third largest city and one of its wealthiest, officials announced in early June they would restrict access to running water, allowing only six hours of water access a day. Some neighborhoods didn’t receive any water at all.
The problem is huge: Two of the three main reservoirs serving the city are practically empty, a problem made even worse by an exceptionally dry spring and summer. Summer temperatures soar past 100 degrees most days, as residents grapple with the effects of a water shortage that's been a longtime coming, according to experts.
But Monterrey isn't alone in its water crisis. Drought is sapping the water from huge swaths of North America and making it increasingly hard for humans to count on running water.
Other parts of rural America also struggle with reliable access to water. The drying lakes show the crisis is real, but most Americans remain comfortably insulated from concerns about drinking water.. Experts say that day-to-day comfort masks a looming problem.