Distrito Federal

With the project in the south of DF, we are looking to demonstrate the impact and benefit of rainwater harvesting in the city. In order to achieve this, we have a goal of installing 10,000 systems in homes that suffer from great water scarcity.

The Valley of Mexico in the 15th century. The basin of Mexico was rich in natural resources, especially water. It was formed by more than 40 rivers and 5 Lakes (Zumpango, Xaltocan, Xochimilco and Texcoco Chalco). A conceptual aerial view of the valley by Mexican artist Tomás Filsinger.

The Valley of Mexico at present. About 1.3 million people live without piped water, spending up to 25% of their salary to achieve access by means of pipas (water trucks) and tandeo (rationing systems) or even donkeys in some areas of the city.

The history of the beginnings of Isla Urbana. A documentary by Storyhunter.

The objective of this project is to implement an innovative programme of harvesting rainwater in the Federal District. One that can demonstrate the viability of the technology for supplying water to the population and that can verify it’s feasibility for implementation on a larger scale in the future.

Components of the urban rainwater harvesting systems. Find out more about the systems here.

The systems can supply a house with rainwater for 5-8 months of the year, depending on the size of the roof and cistern. Photo: Cate Cameron.

The community work is as important as the technical aspects of the project. We work to reach out to communities that can most benefit with the systems and to the families most in need of support. Photo: Cate Cameron.

Thousands of people have benefitted from the rainwater harvesting systems in Mexico City.

Domestic rainwater harvesting system in Ajusco, Tlalpan. One of the many houses that have benefitted thanks to the support of HSBC, Water Program in the United Kingdom and Corporate Sustainability in Mexico. Photo: Camaroni Productions.

The training of beneficiaries is an integral part of our work.

Source: INEGI (Censo 2010) Map: Fernando Sandoval.

With this shipment of Tlaloques, we will be able to install systems that will capture 10 million liters of rain per year.

The rainwater capturing systems used by Isla Urbana are designed for general all domestic uses, except drinking (unless you add an additional filter stage).

The city founded in water could die of thirst. Trailer of the documentary H20Mx. Directors: José Cohen and Lorenzo Hagerman