Solutions to San Miguel’s Water Crisis

By Elena Padilla and Robin Loving Rowland

The water of San Miguel’s aquifer is terribly contaminated and dropping at a rapid and unsustainable rate. The three most pressing concerns are heavy metals including fluoride and arsenic, bacterial contamination and water shortage, all of which are contributing to the declining health of our watershed.

Dylan Terrell, executive director of the Center for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability in Mexico, will speak to the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende–Midday, about integrated technical solutions utilizing low-cost ceramic water filters with ferro-cement rainwater catchment cisterns Tuesday, August 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Misión el Molino, Salida a Querétaro 1. The presentation will be free.

Terrell, who has lived and worked throughout the US, Mexico and Latin America, has helped to build community centers and health clinics and sustainable solutions for low-income populations who crave self-sufficiency. His strong emphasis on integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches to water issues in the region is done in partnership with the Center for Agricultural Sustainability and Community Development and the Coalition in Defense of the Independence Aquifer. Locally, we hear these organizations referred to as CATIS, CEDESA, and CODECIN.

Terrell received his master of arts degree in global sustainability and rural development and holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and a certificate in community mediation. He links international students, partners and universities with projects and partners in rural Mexico to create long-term, sustainable solutions. Some of his partners include Engineers Without Borders, Audubon San Miguel and Rotary.

Rotary meets the most pressing needs of the world by working in the most efficient way to produce sustainable solutions with global impact one precious life at a time. For more

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Rotary Club Presentation
Campo Solutions to San Miguel’s Water Crisis
Tue, Aug 12, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión el Molino
Salida a Querétaro 1

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