36% Water Shortage in Mexico City: Rainwater Harvesting Solution

36% of families in Mexico City do not have adequate access to water for bathing, washing dishes or clothes, or flushing toilets.

In May, 2010, CSDi Partner David Vargas began the process of developing a project to help 550 families in Mexico City gain access to water through a rainwater harvesting project.

Location: The neighborhood of Cultura Maya in the Ajusco-Medio region of Mexico City.
Beneficiaries: 550 families

The Challenge
This water scarcity problem forces families to pay up to 25% of their already extremely low income to buy privately trucked water, although many families simply cannot afford water. This leaves them trapped in a cycle of poverty which often prevents youth from attending college and sometimes forces children to drop out of school in order to help their families financially.
550 families in a marginalized community in Mexico City obtain rainwater harvesting systems
Rainwater harvesting systems provide families with about 50% of their water demand.  Our method of implementation trains and pays local plumbers to install the systems.  We buy all materials locally to support the local economy and ensure that families can install and maintain systems easily on their own.  Installing rainwater harvesting systems ensures that families have access to clean water while enhancing their economic situation and quality of life.
Project Details

Project Budget: $4,167 per month
CSDi Partner: Isla Urbana
Project Duration: Ongoing
Project Manager: Jennifer White, Co-Director of Isla Urbana
Key words: water, rainwater harvesting, water scarcity

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