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 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 water—the most vital resource on the planet—innovative 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.
Social Environmental Education Director
Pablo Dante Sosa
Project Manager in Rural and Indigenous Communities
Ana Paula Mejorada
Research and Content
Customer Service Supervisor
Pablo Dante Sosa
Finance Isla Urbana USA
César Alejandro Méndez
José Guzmán Cruz
Gustavo Alonso Flores
Luis Alberto García
First place- Chile, 2020