Isla Urbana






 Isla Urbana is formed by an interdisciplinary group of designers, urbanists, engineers, anthropologists, educators, and artists dedicated to demonstrating how rainwater harvesting is a viable solution for Mexico’s water crisis.



Isla Urbana’s mission is to contribute a concrete solution to the sustainable supply of water in Mexico by driving
rainwater harvesting and other practices that allow a rational, ecological and equitable access to water for all.


We envision a country where the entire population has sustainable access to water and the overexploitation and
excessive discharges of water contaminants become memories of the past.

Isla Urbana


Isla Urbana has designed an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable rainwater harvesting system that collects and cleans rainwater for households, schools, and health clinics. 

The system is inexpensive, easy to install, and provides individual residences with about 40% of their annual water supply. If implemented on a large scale throughout Mexico City, this simple technology could provide 30% of the city’s water and help give a sustainable water source to the 12 million Mexicans who lack access to clean water. 

Our rainwater harvesting systems promote sustainable water management practices, mitigate the city’s flooding problems, relieve poverty, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a reliable source of water for Mexico City’s residents, and throughout the country.

As half of Earth’s population now lives in cities, creating sustainable urban systems has the greatest impact on environmental and social issues. To ensure a future with access to clean waterthe most vital resource on the planetinnovative water saving technologies must  be enacted on a large scale starting today.

Isla Urbana Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization in the United States and Lluvia Para Todos is the main partner in Mexico, which is run by the same team with the common mission to provide clean water for Mexico through the sustainable technology of rainwater harvesting.


Carlos Moscoso, Co-founder (1964 – 2009)

Carlos Moscoso, our beloved friend, was one of the original founders of Isla Urbana. He was older than most of us but his inner calm, experience, and enormous generosity remain an inspiration to us all today. He taught us about plumbing and a thousand other things relating to life and work. Isla Urbana would not be where it is now, were it not for him. We miss you Carlos.

Enrique Lomnitz

General Director

Renata Fenton

Design Director

Gabino Hernández

Director of Installation

David Vargas


Hiram García

Engineering Director

Javier Hernández

Director of Installation

Carmen Hernández

Administrative Director

Jennifer White

Community Relations Director

Alejandro Hernández

Director of Installation

Nabani Vera

Communications Director

Sol Garcia

Isla Urbana Foundation Coordinator

Martín Liedo

Community Relations

Javier Arévalo


Petra Sánchez

Administration Assistant

Lucia Palmarini

Operations and Finance Consultant

Alejandra Quezada

Sales Coordinator

Priscilla Azamar

Sales Director

Delfín Montañana

Social Environmental Education Director

Emilio Becerril

Public Policy

July Padrón

Environmental Education Coordinator

Pablo Dante Sosa

Community Relations

Óscar Gómez

Graphic Designer

Mariana Balderas

Senior Designer

Jesús Sotomayor

Project Manager in Rural and Indigenous Communities

Ana Paula Mejorada

Rain Schools Coordinator

Daniel Nava

Community Relations Coordinator

Ignacio Reyes

Communication Coordinator

Carlos Torres


Petra Sánchez

Administration Assistant

Alejandro Alcantara

Community Relations

Carlos Torres


Cecilia Vargas

Research and Content

Aliyeri Díaz

Installation Supervisor

Ignacio Reyes

Communication Coordinator

Luis Martínez

Customer Service Supervisor

Javier Arévalo


Astrid Domínguez

Audiovisual Production

Pablo Dante Sosa

Community Relations

Óscar Gómez

Graphic Designer

Natanael Caso

Sales Coordinator

Francisco Brendstrup

Finance Isla Urbana USA

Marcos Tlatenchi


César Alejandro Méndez


Horacio Abad


Adrián Ramírez


Ángel Martínez


Fernando Pérez


Manuel González


José Guzmán Cruz


Abel Hernández


Eusebio Herrera


Saúl Alberto


Alfredo Castillo


Lucas Espinoza


Fabián Orduña


Luis Hernández


Gustavo Alonso Flores


Demesio Baltazar


Felipe Cobos


Gabriel Esteban


Luis Alberto García


Nazario Ruíz



Secretaría de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
Camaroni Producciones
Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities


Water Challenge

First place- Chile, 2020

Iberoamerican Youth Awards

Prize for the category “Knowledge Without Borders: strategies for the production, diffusion, and application of knowledge that actively involves and impacts vulnerable or excluded communities or groups.” Dominican Republic, 2019.

National Award for Technological Innovation for Social Inclusion

First place– a project that demonstrates an outstanding positive outcome by using technology for poverty reduction and to influence social wellbeing, 2018.

World Design Capital Award

Socially Responsible Design recognition, Mexico City, 2018.

Mexico City Award

Environmental Action award, Mexico City, 2017

Social Design Circle Member

Social Design Circle Member by Design Prize, 2017

VIVA Schmidheiny Award

Third place in Social Innovation, Costa Rica, 2016

Entrepreneurial Merit Award IMMPC

In recognition to young enrepreneurs, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2015

Visionaris Prize UBS

For innovation in social enterprise, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015

Ashoka Fellowship

Changemakers, 2012-2015

Momentum Project-BBVA Bancomer Prize

For innovation and the massification of social enterprise, 2014

Mentes QUO-Discovery Recognition

For dedication to  positive change in Mexico, 2013

MTech35 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tech Review Recognition

35 innovators under age 35 worldwide, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013

Civic, Environmental and Social Work Merit Prize

INJUVE, 2013

Clinton Global Initiative

Member by invitation, 2012

Nomination "INDEX Award"

Denmark, 2011

Rompe con el cambio climático (Breakaway from climate change) Prize

SEMARNAT, Mexico, 2011

Finalist El agua, fuente de vida (Water, source of life) Prize

For best practices in water management, United Nations, ONU-Agua, Spain, 2011

Finalist Iniciativa México (Mexico Initiative)

One of 25 finalists of 56, 958 initiatives, Mexico, 2011

Genera (Generate) Prize

Pase Usted Project, Transforming Mexico through ideas, Mexico, 2010

Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Honorable Mention

México, 2010

Finalist BBC World Challenge

One of 10 Finalists, among 800 projects from all over the world, England, 2010