Guanajuato’s water crisis serves as the basis for a U.S. university course

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.

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Jenn Ungemach
Disaster relief and project support for southern Mexico

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.

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Jenn Ungemach
Gravel, sand, and charcoal: learning how to build high-quality, low-cost water treatment systems

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).

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Jenn Ungemach
Newsletter July 2017

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.

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Jenn Ungemach
Fluoride removal research: we are now closer than ever to a fluoride filter system

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. 

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Jenn Ungemach
Combatting excessive arsenic concentrations in groundwater

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.

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Jenn Ungemach
Thanks to Dr. Mercola for continuing to support our efforts in Mexico

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.

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Jenn Ungemach
What do Chiapas, popular education and Saúl Juárez have in common?

These are the words of Saúl reflecting on his trip to Chiapas as part of his JWH initiative leadership prize.

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Jenn Ungemach
On our way to one million liters of safe and healthy drinking water!

This report was written originally for our Global Giving campaign. To date, we have raised $23,434 raised of our $31,060 goal.

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Local high schoolers get their hands dirty learning about water issues

Caminos de Agua recently completed a three-week educational module with 99 students at CBTis no. 60 school in San Miguel de Allende. The program was funded by Lloyd's of London and included both theoretical and practical components. The students spent three days in the classroom learning about local water issues.

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Earth day celebrated with Rainjar build

Caminos de Agua celebrated earth day (April 22) by building a new rainwater harvesting system never seen before in San Miguel de Allende. We organized the event at our field site near Atotonilco to showcase a low-cost option for rainwater harvesting while raising awareness about local water issues.

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Jenn Ungemach
Cycling for water in the La Onza community

After several weeks of design and two days of installation in the field, the community of La Onza can now pump water directly from their shallow well into a nearby tank. Water in the community of La Onza is very scarce in general and water in their deep well is too contaminated with arsenic and fluoride to be safe for consumption (see Caminos de Agua’s water quality monitoring map for details).

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Student-driven construction of rainwater harvesting system

Local high schoolers take water issues into their own hands... Caminos de Agua, in partnership with El Maíz Más Pequeño A.C. and Fundación Gonzalo Río Arronte, ran a workshop to construct a ferro-cement rainwater harvesting cistern at Bachillerato SABES Cerritos school in Guanajuato, over 5 days in February 2017.

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1 million liters of safe & healthy drinking water in 2017!

The letter that follows is the quarterly report that Caminos submits to the Globalgiving Platform. Read the original report and see more photos here.

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70,000+ pesos raised for safe, healthy & sustainable water with Naomi Klein

Caminos de Agua was privileged to be the beneficiary of the San Miguel de Allende Writers' Conference "Write for Change" event, featuring author Naomi Klein this past Sunday.

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Jenn Ungemach
Warka water designs and Caminos de Agua

This year began with good news: staff member Casilda Barajas was awarded a grant by the Popular Cultures of Guanajuato Program (PACMYC 2017) to pilot the construction of a tower woven with local natural fibers that can function as a method of capturing air water, specifically dew.

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Jenn Ungemach
Work retreat

On February 7, 2017 the Caminos de Agua Staff had a staff retreat to review our goals and work objectives for the current year.

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Jenn Ungemach
Rainwater harvesting calculator launched!

Many people ask us, “How much rainwater do I really need to collect?” Each household’s water use is  different. It depends on family size, location, and regular activities. People use rainwater for various purposes: some only for drinking, others for washing their car, watering their plants, or feeding their animals. Water use varies greatly around the globe. 

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Jenn Ungemach
Ceramic water filters - 3.5 years later

After three and a half years of continued use in community homes, we recently had the opportunity to return to our first pilot communities - Juan Gonzalez and La Cienega - where we installed 68 filter systems in community homes and schools.  

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Jenn Ungemach
Research & technology update: January 2017

Caminos de Agua (Caminos) has a growing research and development team. Our staff and volunteers are working on various projects from filter development, to rainwater systems, to improvised machinery. This update highlights a few of our technical projects.

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Jenn Ungemach