Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Water a precious resource in Mexico  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 16/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Arab News) As she has every day for 26 years delfina salinas a stocky mexican woman loads plastic jugs onto her donkey for a 30-minute walk to fetch water.

in tehuixtitla a mountainous area south of mexico city there is no running water. salinas is used to this drudgery.

'if you do not go to the water the water is not going to come to you" she said taking a break to wipe sweat from her forehead.

today in mexico latin america's second largest economy 10.5 million people — 9.1 percent of its 118 million people — have no direct access to drinking water according to government figures.

president enrique pena nieto said recently that 35 million mexicans have limited access in terms of quantity and quality. he said resolving this basic problem was a 'national priority."

just like delfina lourdes torres a 39-year-old homemaker and mother of three waits her turn with two donkeys to load 160 liters (quarts) of water in some 30 jugs.

back home they will be used for showers every three days cleaning and watering plants.

'yes it is a pity to have to do this especially when you know there are people who have running water and we are struggling here" said torres.

in the overpopulated valley where mexico city lies hydrological problems are accentuated by the overuse of water supplies during the spanish colonial era to build the city.

there is only one small river and 73% of the city's water comes from underground. overuse threatens to deplete this resource within 150 years and means the city is sinking a centimeter per year.

the rest of the water that feeds the city comes from reservoirs 200 kilometers (120 miles) away.



but the system uses a lot of electricity and leaks 40 percent of its water says david vargas from ngo urban island which has developed a system to catch rain water for use in homes.

the rainy season only lasts from may to september and water is so scarce that one in three homes in mexico city endures rationing.

'but this situation could improve with the catching of rain water" said vargas a civil engineer. he said his scheme has helped 10000 households in this vast city of more than 20 million people.

even though it is in its early stages this project has been praised by the united nations and rewarded by the massachusetts institute of technology.

it has already set up 1400 units for a relatively small cost in isolated communities like tehuixtitla.

isla urbana recently extended its activities to rural areas like san andres daboxtha a parched town in the central state of hidalgo.

there running water is available only in the morning and only in some neighborhoods located at some altitude.

'i have to get up in the middle of the night to have water" complains leticia carpio a 31-year-old homemaker. she hopes this will all be over with the new trick of catching water falling from the sky.

vargas says his design is only one of several possible solutions.

but he warns that mexico's government still has 20th-century ideas on how to manage water resources and hopes to solve problems with ever bigger pipe systems bringing in water from ever longer distances with ever greater consumption of electricity.

MENAFN1605201400480000ID1093835890

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 21 2017 - Joleon Lescott: Sunderland mulling over signing the free agentThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) According to reports, Sunderland are considering making a move for veteran defender Joleon Lescott. The former Man City and Everton star, who is now a free agent, ...

 Jan 21 2017 - The Mind of Conte: How Chelsea's fluid front trio tore Leicester apartThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Amid all the speculation around Diego Costa and his future at the club, Chelsea produced a convincing performance away to Leicester last Saturday, which was exactly what the ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Williams shocked at deadly Melbourne rampageThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Melbourne:Serena Williams Saturday expressed her shock at the deadly rampage at a Melbourne shopping strip, as the Australian Open observed a minute's silence for the ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Syrian refugee, tripped by journalist, 'sad but hopeful'The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Getafe, Spain: Over a year after arriving in Spain, the Syrian refugee who made headlines when a Hungarian journalist tripped him up as he fled police is still waiting for ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Solar energy in UAE expected to hit low records in 2017MENAFN
(MENAFN) An Emirati senior executive told press that solar energy costs will witness record lows this year in UAE, following two world records set in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year.Ivano Iannelli, CEO ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Three Egyptian oil firms' budgets endorsed by Finance MinisterMENAFN
(MENAFN) According to Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El -Molla, the planning budgets of three oil firms for financial year 2017/18 have been endorsed.The Minister headed the meeting of general ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Emaar to build new tower in Dubai Creek HarbourMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC will launch Creek Gate, a new residential project in Dubai Creek Harbour next week, registered brokers told Zawya Projects. According to a real estate agent ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Nigeria air strike death toll hits 90Gulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without ...

 Jan 21 2017 - WEF, UCSB-SBI unveil partnership to protect ocean economyKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (KUNA) -- The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the University of California Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute (UCSB-SBI) on Friday ...

 Jan 21 2017 - Trump has to define America's role in new world order - KissingerKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (KUNA) -- With the international order in place since World War II breaking down, the new president of the United States, Donald J. ...

more...


 





Google

Easy Forex
 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help