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Sonora governor says desalination will have to be part of state water supply

With at least a dozen neighborhoods in Hermosillo already experiencing water shortages this summer, the state is confronting a future without enough water for residents, much less water-intensive agriculture and industry.

"Obviously desalination will be an obligatory resource for Hermosillo, because the water crisis is already reaching all of us," Gov. Alfonso Durazo said. "Not withstanding the important reservoirs in the southern part of the state, we are more and more limited in carrying out normal activities in this region."

The state has already been cloud seeding, in hopes of drawing more rain during the monsoons to keep the state’s reservoirs functioning. Now, leaders are also looking to the sea.

Climate change and drought are partially to blame for the lack of water. However,  experts also saypoor management and a failure to reduce demand are also major factors in the current crisis.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.