Alasdair Baverstock
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Mexican flood problems turned into sustainable drinking water by ingenious system

Ciudad de México, Mexico Current Affairs, Science & Environment August 29 @ 4:37pm

55% of Mexico City’s population have no access to running water in their homes, and the capital’s government complains constantly of its chronic water shortage. Yet fresh water falls so abundantly from the sky during rainy season that entire motorways were closed completely last weekend due to the flooding.

An ingenious system designed by a group of conservationists, known as ‘Urban Island’, now gives residents of the sprawling slums of the capital rainwater through their own taps, by turning the roofs of their houses into collection trays.

Rain falls on the roofs, and is channeled into a collection tank, which supplies water through regular plumbing into an owner’s house.

The system is cheap to install, and the company have already set up over 5,000 units throughout the capital in the eight years they have been running.

Could this be a solution for other countries with similar problems? They think so.

To include:

Working example of the ‘Urban Island’ system

System’s creators and company

Resident who talk about life before and after their system was installed

Slums affected by the rains

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