The source of Cuatro Ciénegas’ water deficit is groundwater irrigation from grain farms in Ocampo, about 50 kilometers north (31 miles) of Cuatro Ciénegas, and from alfalfa and dairy production in the south Hundido Valley, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest. Here,  a center pivot sprinkler irrigates Hundido Valley fields.

Coming Era of Water Scarcity Will Prompt Global Industrial Transformation, According to Survey of International Experts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Population growth, urban development, farm production, and climate change is increasing competition for fresh water and producing shortages so acute that virtually every industry in the world anticipates sweeping systemic transformation over the next decade in their strategic planning, production practices, and business models.

Q&A: SustainAbility Survey Reveals Clean Water Shortages As Most Urgent Issue

For 15 years SustainAbility and GlobeScan have polled global thought leaders about the planet's greatest sustainability challenges. The collaborating firms also release three "pulse" surveys based on three critical sustainability issues that most concern companies and their shareholders.

WaterViews | Infographics

Infographics by Hannah Nester for Circle of Blue. Produced as part of the WaterViews project.