A state official said the Autonomous University of Baja California is the largest water debtor in Mexicali.

Mexicali State Public Utilities Commission general manager Armando Martínez told La Voz newspaper the college owes the agency over 300 million pesos or about $15 million.

Although the college has offered to pay back the debt the parties have not been able to reach an agreement.

Martínez said through the agreement the university must pay water fees for a year.

Dean Daniel Valdez said the college is not legally obligated to pay for water based on the University’s Law. “The university will keep defending this point,” the dean told the newspaper. “It must be an entity that can tell us if we are obligated.”

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