One panelist, Michael Marinello, stated that, when designing products and technologies, we need to shift our focus from “output as outcome to impact as outcome” – meaning that we need to stop counting how many products we sell and start holding ourselves accountable to measure the social and environmental impact of these products.
On September 16th, 2017, a deadly Category 5 hurricane wreaked havoc on many Caribbean islands - including Puerto Rico. Out-dated, but crucial, infrastructure was destroyed. The islands flooded quickly. However, despite the abundance of water, access to safe drinking water became an urgent concern. The only solution available at the time – shipping in plastic bottles – was an inadequate response.
This month, a Caminos de Agua supporter who wishes to remain anonymous will match all donations up to USD $10,000. You can help us double our capacity and not only reach people at risk within San Miguel but our broader watershed as well.
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…