Connecting The Dots
Response to Atención Article, March 22, 2019
For All Who Attended Dr. Mariana Cárdenas’ Keynote On March 20th.
First of all, thank you for attending this important keynote address and for supporting Caminos de Agua, we can’t do it without you. With so much important information being sent your way Wednesday night, due to our running over and not being able to pull it all together, we’d like to “connect the dots,” and provide you with this summary.
International Volunteer Day
We are very excited to update you in the next couple of days on our incredible week last week to celebrate World Water Day. We had seven events culminating in the signing of an agreement with the Municipal Government to create a Water Plan for the Future of San Miguel! But, before that, we would like to share a response we wrote to a recent news article published in the local paper, Atención, about our Water Monitoring work. An important part of our mission is to educate diverse audiences on extremely complex water quality issues.
Aguadapt - All Waters. All People.
December 5th has been designated as International Volunteer Day. Over the last year, the number of volunteers involved in our work has grown, and we would like to thank each of you for believing in our work and mission to make safe, healthy, and accessible water a reality for many.
Waterways - Newsletter Caminos de Agua (Vol. 1, Issue 1)
Caminos de Agua attended the first national conference on rainwater harvesting
Our Research and Technology Development Team was named a finalist in the Mexican James Dyson Award for our proposed water filter system, Aguadapt. For ~$30 USD, Aguadapt lasts for over four years, removes organic chemicals and 99.9999% of all pathogens, is easily installed in common containers, and can be adapted to treat other contaminants.
Leadership and water
In mid November, two representatives from Caminos de Agua traveled to Guadalajara for the first ever annual Mexican rainwater harvesting system conference (1er congreso de captación de agua de lluvia). Elena Diek (a former volunteer now working on her master's thesis) and Aaron Krupp (our Research and Technology Development Coordinator) set up a table to promote our educational materials and ceramic water filters.
Caminos de Agua wishes you a happy thanksgiving!
The JWH initiative recognized staff member Saúl Juárez’s environmental leadership in 2016 with a €2500 prize to be dedicated exclusively to his professional development. The grant submitted solicited funding for Saúl to learn from diverse organizations and the work they do.
Three new volunteers join our research and technology development team
Thank you for standing by our side!
While the roots of Thanksgiving Day may be in the United States, the act of giving thanks is global. Today, we take a moment to share some of the reasons we have to be thankful as Caminos de Agua.
Newsletter October 2017
Caminos de Agua’s research and technology development team (tech team) just got bigger! The Tech Team carries out the research to improve our current technologies as well as design new technologies based on the needs of the communities in our watershed. The research can be tedious – our biochar removal experiments often require 24-hour attention for example – but are solutions that ignite scientists’ and engineers’ imagination and creativity.
Working and singing together: communities unite to celebrate 64th rainwater harvesting system with Caminos de Agua
Caminos de Agua consistently monitors the water quality situation in our watershed by testing hundreds of samples from wells and private residences; conducting interviews with community members on water access and tracking our projects. This year’s data (both quantitative and qualitative) makes the case that the situation is more urgent than ever since we are tracking more contaminated wells and water sources than ever. Our interviews reveal new levels of concern and desperation around water scarcity from community members.
Caminos de Agua and Casita Linda join forces
Dozens of members of the United Communities for Life and Water ('CUVA' in Spanish) coalition gathered together on September 15th in San José del Carmen to celebrate the completion of 15 rainwater harvesting systems in eight different communities with Caminos de Agua since July of this year.
Guanajuato’s water crisis serves as the basis for a U.S. university course
Casita Linda and Caminos de Agua have joined forces to work with the community of Palo Colorado to build six large-scale rainwater harvesting systems in five new homes built by Casita Linda as well as one in the community’s elementary school. The 12,000-liter capacity cisterns, combined with ceramic water filters, ensure that families and students will have access to safe and healthy drinking and cooking water year-round.
Disaster relief and project support for southern Mexico
During the first week of September, Caminos de Agua – a San Niguel based NGO – ran a six-day course for a group of students from Western Washington university in partnership with Jorge Catalan, a local liaison with the university.
Gravel, sand, and charcoal: learning how to build high-quality, low-cost water treatment systems
September brought disaster to southern Mexico in the form of a 8.1 magnitude earthquake and hurricane Katia which destroyed buildings and infrastructure, displaced families, and disrupted water supplies. our thoughts are particular with the families who lost loved ones.
Newsletter July 2017
Last month, a diverse group came together at Caminos de Agua's field site for a three-day water-filter construction workshop. Participants came from the north (Chihuahua) and south (Chiapas) and from near (San Miguel, Mexico City) and far (the US, Colombia).
Fluoride removal research: we are now closer than ever to a fluoride filter system
The last months were absolutely, positively busy! Read more about our research updates, student-driven projects, our first 'rainjar', well bike-pump, rainwater harvesting calculator, and our evaluation of our ceramic water filter in the field after 3+ years.
Combatting excessive arsenic concentrations in groundwater
As many of our supporters know, the Independence Aquifer region in Central Mexico where Caminos de Agua works is in a permanent state of decline and contaminated with dangerous levels of naturally-occurring arsenic and fluoride, which is leading to irreversible health impacts on long-term users.
Caminos de Agua recently intensified its research on how to remove arsenic from heavily polluted groundwater. Martijn Eikelboom, our Dutch volunteer working on his thesis research, began a new round of experiments in march and is finalizing his research this week.