Mexico’s state of Tabasco (located in the southeast of the country) has put an emergency plan into effect to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, which contaminated rivers that ordinarily supply the city. The BBC reported that the incident has left 200,000 people without water.
The spill occurred last week, and four of Villahermosa’s water treatment facilities were shut down as a precautionary measure. On Tuesday, the government of Tabasco said that it will temporarily supply water utilizing 13 tanker trucks.
Workers for state-run Pemex set out containment booms and were attempting to remove oil off the waterways. Local authorities have requested assistance from the army to supply drinking water to those most impacted. They are planning to send tanker trucks to Villahermosa and nearby towns.
Illegal pipeline taps have become so frequent that Pemex no longer transports finished, usable fuels via pipelines.