Rainwater for all!
ISLA URBANA is a project dedicated to contributing to water sustainability in Mexico through RAINWATER HARVESTINGDONATE!
In Mexico, we are experiencing a water crisis growing increasingly severe every year, with millions of people lacking decent and secure access to water.
With a rainwater harvesting system, a family can benefit from a sustainable source of water during part, or all of the year.
At Isla Urbana, we are dedicated to designing and installing systems to capture the rain in Mexico, particularly in communities where people lack any access to water.
The Water Crisis
Mexico faces a water crisis. In large parts of the country, including the Valley of Mexico, the situation is critical. The World Bank and CONAGUA, project important water shortages by 2030, seriously affecting access for millions of people. Even today, there are more than 250 thousand people in Mexico City without a connection to the mains network!
Ironically, while the city suffers from increasing scarcity, every year thousands of millions of liters of rainwater are washed down the drain or allowed to cause serious flood. This water however, should be used!
Looking for Solutions
To achieve sustainability, we need to develop a model of supply and use of water that is in accordance with availability and the natural cycle. We require solutions that can supply the population in a more equitable manner, without destroying the aquifers, rivers or ecosystems of which we all depend.
In order to achieve rational, ecological and sustainable water use in the Valley of Mexico, it is essential we learn to use the largest and most accessible water resource of the city that is currently wasted: the rain.
Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting
Isla Urbana is working to demonstrate the positive impact that rainwater harvesting can have in Mexico.
Capturing rainwater reduces the flow of stormwater to the drains, mitigating against the flooding that currently affects Mexico City
Reduced Energy Costs
During the rainy season, we can reduce the amount of energy that we use pumping and transporting water to homes
6-Months of Water
A rainwater harvesting system in DF generally provides a family water independence for 5-8 months of the year, and in some cases the entire year!
Recharging of the Aquifers
By harvesting the rainwater as it falls during the wet season, we could reduce the pressure on our rivers and aquifers, allowing them to recharge
Since 2009 – present, we have achieved:
Litres of water harvested each year
Number of water delivery trucks potentially avoided annually
Even in the cities, many people do not receive sufficient amounts of water, or supplied contaminated water, or simply do not have a connection to the water mains. More and more people are required to buy water from pipas (water trucks), paying very high costs for a reduced and irregular supply. Isla Urbana is working extensively with the communities that live in these conditions.