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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Water demand reduction by 15% for Monterrey‘s Metropolitan area through summer 2023 by pressure management.

Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey I.P.D. (
Local / Regional Government

    Pressure management can be defined as the practice of managing water systems pressures at optimum service levels while ensuring sufficient and efficient supply. The positive effects of pressure management are to reduce real water losses, reducing unnecessary or excessive pressures, as well as eliminating the fluctuation of strong or transient pressures. These factors frequently cause new leaks and pipe failures within water distribution networks. The direct relationship between the flow of leaks and the pressure means that the pressure modulation effect has an immediate impact on the amount of water supplied in a sector, the savings are directly proportional to the pressure reduction, so the savings in daytime hours is very important, however, at nighttime when consumption decreases this saving is maximized, representing on average up to 20% of the expenditure supplied before modulation.

    Expected Impact

    - Leakage reduction for sustainable development - Continuous protection of pipelines - Leak reduction - Water management and control in times of drought - Recovery of delivered water flow


    CONAGUA (Mexican Federal Water Authority), Nuevo Leon State Government, Fondo Ambiental Metropolitano de Monterrey (FAMM)

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description

    3,000 hydraulic sectors instrumented for pressure management

    Reducing 15% of city's water demand

    Reduction of water leaked and decrease in leaks

    Other, please specify
    Specialized Equipment
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    25 July 2022 (start date)
    31 May 2023 (date of completion)
    Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey I.P.D.
    1. Latin America and the Caribbean
    Other beneficiaries

    Monterrey's Metropolitan Area population (Circa 5.2 Million)

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    Contact Information

    Eduardo, Chief Technology Officer