Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2012 (Revised January 2014)

Mexico City Water Shortage

by John D. Macomber, Regina Garcia-Cuellar, Griffin H. James and Frederik Nellemann


In this case, a property company, a water privatizer, and municipal engineers explore the causes of and solutions to a severe water shortage in Mexico City, a great global capital. The protagonist is a real estate investor doing due diligence on the magnitude of the crisis, the impact on the firm's operations, and the likelihood of resolution. Due diligence includes interviews with city water officials and global-scale water privatizers. This case is an excellent introduction to city scale infrastructure issues on a global level. A related case, "Water Shortage and Property Investing in Mexico City," HBS No. 210-085, contains more real estate finance and less water infrastructure finance material than this case does.

Keywords: Infrastructure; Environmental Sustainability; Urban Development; Mexico City;


Macomber, John D., Regina Garcia-Cuellar, Griffin H. James, and Frederik Nellemann. "Mexico City Water Shortage." Harvard Business School Case 212-044, January 2012. (Revised January 2014.)