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Border Environment Cooperation Commission

More than 10 million people live along the Mexico-U.S. border, 30% of whom lack basic drinking water, drainage, sanitation and solid-waste management and disposal services.
The BECC works in the border strip which extends 100 kilometers to the north and 100 kilometers to the south of the border between Mexico and the United States. Its priority action areas are drinking water, sewerage, sanitation and municipal solid-waste management.
The BECC constitutes an innovative approach that promotes the development of the border strip, strengthens cooperation between the two countries and serves to bring the border societies closer together. The BECC works directly with the communities, from the identification of needs to coordinated action for meeting these needs, through the implementation of infrastructure projects that are technically and financially feasible, sustainable and supported by the majority of the population.

Based on National Water Commission data, water service coverage on the Mexican side of the border is as follows:

Drinking water 70%

Sewerage 60%

Sanitation 15%

In the United States:

The people living in the colonies and rural border areas generally have no coordinated and integral waste collection and disposal systems, so there are clanderstine dumps all along the border.

In general, municipal solid-waste collection, handling and disposal services have insufficient equipment at their disposal, and often operate under institutional and administrative deficiencies ad without any legal framework regulating provision of the service and proper collection of charges.

Only 70% of trash is collected, and of that 70% only 46% goes into sanitary landfills.

The population is expected to double over the next 20 years.
It is estimated that US$8-10 billion will be needed in the next ten years to take care of the present needs.In 36 months of operation, the BECC has visited more than 60 municipalities to find out about their environmental problems and needs and to a****s solutions, in coordination with federal, state and municipal authorities and private promoters.

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