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Management and use of water in the rural and urban areas

By Patricia Cardona

Groundwater management in the last 60 years has focused on the development and indiscriminate use of water resources despite ongoing scientific research documenting a rapid decline in the quality and quantity of water held in our Independencia aquifer.

Next Tuesday, July 30, the Water Dialogues series, hosted by the AguaVida SMA campaign, will address the issue of management and use of water in the rural and urban areas. Guest speakers are engineer Jesús Arteaga and writer Chris Wood. Mr. Arteaga is an agronomist and manager of the Groundwater Technical Council of Río Laja, an association that is responsible for directing the farmers in the northern region of the state in the proper use and sustainable management of groundwater.

Canadian journalist Chris Wood, author of Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources and Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America, will talk about the inequity in the distribution of water around the planet and the global solutions to this problem, which have relevance to our local water management.

According to a survey organized by the Citizens’ Observatory of Water and Sanitation (OCAS-SMA) with experts and the general public, some urban areas do not receive water at all (although there is the infrastructure for distribution) and 83 percent of our local water is used for agriculture—and only 12 percent utilized by our urban areas— but not all farmers enjoy favorable conditions owing to the vulnerability of market prices where they distribute their products and climate change. Mr. Arteaga will address this topic in detail next Tuesday, July 30, from 5–7pm at the University of León, San Miguel Allende Campus, Insurgentes 1, Plaza Cívica.

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