Mercola has recently recognized the work of Caminos de Agua. Many thanks to Dr. Mercola for continuing to support our efforts in Mexico, especially at this time where it's needed most. Find the full article below.
Caminos de Agua: Shaping the Future of Sustainable, Healthy and Safe Drinking Water
Caminos de Agua has already helped secure clean water for over 14,000 people in Mexico – but their work is far from over. Learn about the innovative solutions that this non-profit organization provides and how they’re leading the effort to ensure that every family in Mexico has access to safe, healthy and sustainable drinking water.
By Dr. Mercola
Water is a cornerstone of optimal health – you drink it, bathe with it and use it for cooking and cleaning. No human being can live without water. In most developed countries, people usually enjoy the luxury of having an accessible water supply in their home. All they need to do is turn on the tap.
Sadly, not everyone enjoys this convenience, and believe it or not, there are some communities around the world who struggle to have access to clean water every single day.
Mexico Is in the Heart of a Water Crisis
Lack of safe and clean water is a constant problem in many parts of the world, and with the growing threat of climate change, the problem just seems to compound.
Mexico has severely felt the harsh effects of this dilemma, particularly, in the Independence Watershed region. Located in Guanajuato State in Central Mexico, the communities in this region have struggled with water scarcity for decades. Because of overexploitation and pollution brought on by large-scale industrial agriculture operations, the state of the Independence Aquifer, which lies just below the Watershed and is the primary water resource of this region, has severely declined.
In order to meet the high demand for water in these communities (there are seven municipalities in the Independence Watershed area), the people began drilling deeper wells, as deep as 200 to 400 meters, at unsustainable rates – puncturing the lower fractured surface of the aquifer, wherein “ancient water,” believed to be anywhere between 10,000 to 35,000 years old, lies.
But aside from being characteristically old, this type of water is also contaminated with high amounts of naturally occurring metals and minerals, particularly fluoride and arsenic. The levels are said to exceed both national and international safe standards, greatly increasing the people’s risk of health problems, such as dental fluorosis. But this is actually just the tip of the iceberg. According to a New York Times article:
“The signs of tainted water seem apparent. The most visible evidence is the prevalence of dental fluorosis, an illness that blackens teeth. Yet the many complaints of joint pain suggest that some people might have developed a much more severe illness, skeletal fluorosis, which occurs when fluoride accumulates in the bones.”
It’s clear that not only are these rural communities being subject to the struggles of inadequate water, but they’re also suffering from the adverse effects of contaminated water.
Thankfully, a dedicated non-profit organization has stepped up to the challenge of providing clean drinking water to the Independence Watershed area – working hard to improve the lives of the people in these communities.
Caminos de Agua: Heeding the Call for Safe, Healthy and Sustainable Water
Based in San Miguel de Allende, in Guanajuato State, Caminos de Agua, formerly known as CATIS-Mexico, aims to provide practical yet sustainable water solutions that can help people live more prosperous lives while preserving the planet’s resources.
The organization works closely with economically limited countries to innovate and implement open-source solutions that will help develop people’s health, build up their economies and maintain sustainability in their environment.
Caminos de Agua stresses that everyone should have access to drinking water that’s not just safe and healthy, but also sustainable – something that people in rural Guanajuato communities, as well as in other parts of Mexico and the world, do not have – at least, not freely, easily or cheaply.
In Guanajuato, for example, families in rural areas spend over $24 pesos (equivalent to 2 U.S. dollars) just to get 20 liters of water per day. Considering that the world’s poorest people only earn less than 2 US dollars per day, most of them have to relinquish this necessity in order to make ends meet.
In fact, according to a report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF, 1.1 billion people do not use drinking water from improved sources, while 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation methods.
Caminos de Agua believes that drinking water, free of pathogens, bacteria and other toxic pollutants, is a basic human right that should be affordable and accessible to everyone. For this reason, they came up with several innovative water solutions, which are primarily focused on small-scale, household systems. When properly implemented, these can provide access to safe, healthy and sustainable drinking water.
Caminos de Agua provides capacity training and technical assistance to the people in rural villages and communities and urban locals. They also closely partner with other grassroots organizations in order to create long-term, sustainable water solutions. According to their website:
“Our current work includes production and distribution of our certified ceramic water filters for eliminating water-borne pathogens, community-based installations of rainwater harvesting systems, and installation of biochar treatment systems.”
Ceramic Water Filters and Biochar Treatment Promote Safe and Toxin-Free Drinking Water