Texas state leaders say it’s time to put the screws to Mexico for violating a 70-year-old water sharing treaty.
Mexico is roughly five years behind on its delivery, shorting the U.S. 1.75 million acre-feet of water. That's taking a toll on residents, farmers and ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley, especially with the ongoing drought.
"Whether its corn or cotton, production is already threatened there," says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. "Now it’s impacting four different water districts and at least 10 different communities are facing water shortages."
Staples is among those calling on the Obama administration to put its foot down. They include Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz who are sponsoring legislation to fight for the water.
"What the United States needs to look at very seriously is suspension or delaying projects that we have with Mexico," Staples tells KTRH News.
"When our Congress violated the agreement we had with Mexico on NAFTA and trucking, Mexico imposed tariffs on U.S. products," he says. "I'm ready for this administration and State Department to take similar actions if necessary."