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Texas Colonias :
Victoria Mauleon and Clarence Ting
On the Texas side of the border, some 400,000 people live in the ramshackle, unincorporated settlements called colonias: homes of scrap wood and tin, usually without running water, sewage, or sanitation. In El Paso County, 80,000 live in colonias - an estimated half are families of workers displaced by NAFTA, which exported hundreds of thousands of jobs to Mexico.

Matt Leising
A Solution Overwhelmed. The North American Development Bank was created under NAFTA to address the needs of growing numbers of border residents without access to potable water, sewage or sanitation. So far, NADBANK has proved ineffective, loaning out less than three percent of its capacity, and leaving border residents frustrated in the wake of growing infrastructure problems.

Draining Hueco Bolson: by Megan Lardner
The aquifer beneath El Paso and Juarez and being sucked dry by exploding populations on both sides of the border. Some experts say the aquifer has less than five years of productive capacity left. This could prove disastrous for Juarez, which relies entirely on the Hueco Bolson for its municipal water.