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Caminos de Agua Director to Speak at Unitarian Service

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist F

Dylan Terrell

ellowship Service, Dylan Terrell, Executive Director of Caminos de Agua, examines the serious water issues facing San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding watershed.

The Alto Río Laja Aquifer in northern Guanajuato state, which includes the entire population of the municipality of San Miguel, is in a permanent state of decline. Wells are starting to go dry, and the water that remains may contain 10 or more times the World Health Organization’s recommended limits for arsenic and fluoride—a toxic cocktail linked to dental and crippling skeletal fluorosis, cognitive development issues in children, chronic kidney disease, and numerous types of cancer among longer-term water consumers. The State Water Commission of Guanajuato estimates that 30 percent more groundwater is extracted from the aquifer than gets refilled naturally by rainfall, leading to 2–4 meters of groundwater loss per year. As the water table declines, more wells will go dry and arsenic and fluoride concentrations will continue to increase.

Caminos de Agua has been working to raise public awareness surrounding these complex regional water quality and scarcity issues. In this informative talk, Terrell will discuss the current state of our aquifer, the work of his organization, and public policy initiatives; he will be available for an after-service question-and-answer session.

Caminos de Agua’s mission is to create access to clean water solutions with communities at risk. The organization has been working in the region since 2011 to develop open-source water solutions for communities on our aquifer in central México and leverage those solutions for others confronting similar water challenges around the globe. Caminos de Agua works in partnership with local communities, grassroots organizations, government agencies, international NGOs, universities, and leading researchers to innovate and implement water solutions that create adequate access to safe and healthy drinking water.

In June of this year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) recognized Caminos de Agua’s work on water solutions when the organization was awarded the Innovation Showcase Award for the development of a new water filter platform called Aguadapt. The organization also works with local communities to install rainwater harvesting systems, develop arsenic and fluoride treatment systems, provide a variety of educational services and materials, impact public policy, and monitor water quality throughout our region and other parts of México in order to identify changing water quality trends and new risks.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel de La Aldea or visit our website at Our Sunday morning children’s religious education program is on summer break until September.


UU Service

“What’s Up With Our Water?”

Dylan Terrell

Sun, Aug 4, 10:30am

Hotel de La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro




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