Wednesday morning, a succession of water tanker trucks known as “pipas” took turns pulling up under a large spigot on the Nogales, Sonora side of the border wall, a few steps east of the entrance to the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing.

The trucks were of various vintages and sizes – two capable of holding 10,000 liters, another with a capacity of twice that much. But all had the same assignment: deliver water to neighborhoods where service has been cut off amid a seasonal shortage.

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A tanker trunk owned by contractor Leonel Aguilar fills up with water from Nogales, Ariz. on the south side of the border fence on Wednesday morning.

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This hydrant at the corner of Nelson and East International streets in Nogales, Ariz. is one of two being used to send water to Nogales, Sonora.

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A tanker trunk operator fills up with water from Nogales, Ariz. on the south side of the border fence on Wednesday morning.



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