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Play in Plaza Cívica Tackles Questions of Human Right to Water


By Diana Hoogesteger

A free play in the Plaza Cívica on March 22 raises questions about the viability of San Miguel’s water supply.

This World Water Day, March 22, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reason why so many people are being left behind. The slogan is: “Water for Everybody”.

And what is the reality we live in San Miguel de Allende?

It seems as if we live in an abundance of water: there are fountains on the streets, hotels and houses with spas, pools, and green grass gardens.  We have an amazing area of hot springs where water sprouts unceasingly and abundantly. Guanajuato has become number one in the exportation of vegetables. We see huge areas of fields planted almost all year long, making the landscape green with alfalfa, asparagus, and broccoli, among others. An aquatic park has been built, and new housing complexes multiply with the invitation to an exponential growth of the population. It seems that we are abundant in water!

It seems…because reality is totally the opposite.

Did you know that more than 20,000 wells exist, sucking water out of aquifers daily? That the water levels have diminished drastically in the last 15 years? That where you used to find water from five to 80 meters deep 20 years ago you now have to dig 150–300 meters? That children and adults are suffering diseases related to the high levels of fluorides and arsenic in the water? And that it is not only in the outer communities, but also here in the city?

The overexploitation of the aquifers, the diminishment of the groundwater levels, the problems with water quality, the disappearance of water springs and wetlands, and the decrease of flowing rivers are severe realities that need to be made known and addressed.

Do you remember when in the Chorro near Parque Juarez and in the “lavaderos” (washing places) the water ran continuously and you could drink it? Do you remember swimming in the pits of the river that comes from the Charco del Ingenio? Those are now stories to tell our children, because the access to clear water has been privatized and has been overexploited to a seemingly irreversible state. With the way San Miguel is growing, this presents a real threat to our vital right to clean water.

A coalition of nongovernmental organizations, together with the municipal government, has come together with the goal of sharing information, combining strengths, and finding solutions for our region so that “Water For Everybody” becomes a reality.

Do you want to know more?

This Friday, March 22, join us at the Plaza Cívica to watch a play and become informed as well as learning about the solutions to the water crisis, because water is for everyone! It is our vital right!



Agua Pasa o… ¿Qué Pasa con el Agua?

Fri, Mar 22, 5:30pm

Plaza Cívica



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