Residents of a rural community in Hidalgo state, north of Mexico City report a myriad of diseases ranging from birth defects to conjunctivitis, which they attribute to water pollution caused by sewage from Mexico City being pumped directly into their water reservoir.

As many as a quarter of the children born into the 21 lakeside communities of 800 people have birth defects.

The government, however, is reluctant to draw a link between the sewage and its effects on area residents.

SOURCE:, April 12, 2017