Over the past year, there has been a lot of discussion and concern about the future of water in San Miguel de Allende.
Are there contaminants in the current water supply in San Miguel? What will happen to the quantity and quality of San Miguel’s water supply as our city continues to grow? What work is being done to make sure a water plan is being created that provides for the city’s future water needs?
If you visit the community of Palo Colorado, you might see some familiar faces. Many of its residents commute to nearby San Miguel de Allende and work hard in restaurants, as clerks in stores, domestic help, building homes, and in other jobs.
Raquel Delgado Navarro has become a civic leader in the small community of Arenal de Arriba located in the arid hills of the municipality of San José Iturbide in the State of Guanajuato. As far back as she or Maria, her 81 year-old mother, can remember the most consuming issue facing the community has been water.
Back in 2013 we were asked to test the drinking water in Terreros de la Concepción (Terreros), a community in the municipality of San Luis de la Paz, for the first time. What we found was a single well, serving Terreros and five other nearby communities, that produced some of the highest levels of arsenic contamination we had ever seen at the time, roughly 6 and 7 times what the World Health Organization considers acceptable for human consumption for arsenic and fluoride respectively. These communities are only an hour’s drive from San Miguel.
Located down the road, only 15 minutes from Centro , is the community of Agustín González in San Miguel de Allende. Unfortunately, for the last fifteen years, Agustín González’s drinking water has been contaminated with some of the highest levels of fluoride ever measured in San Miguel – more than four times what the World Health Organization considers safe for human consumption.
Recently, Caminos de Agua (Caminos) was named as one of three winners of the Innovation Showcase Award, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) in Washington D.C. Caminos was recognized for its new modular water filter – Aguadapt. The day…
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.
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.
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.