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Speaker to Discuss Low-Cost Solutions for a San Miguel Running Short on Water

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By Skip Essick

Today, one billion people have no easy access to water and a quarter of the global population faces extreme water stress conditions, according to a 2019 study by the World Resources Institute. Here in San Miguel de Allende, agriculture is responsible for using more than 92 percent of available water—what can citizens do?

Dylan Terrell, executive director of the local NGO Caminos de Agua, will speak at the Rotary Club’s monthly presentation on Tuesday, November 12, about the water crisis here in the Alto Río Laja watershed, which serves San Miguel. He will also speak on the larger water quality and scarcity implications for the country and the globe.

Population growth, out-of-control development, record droughts, and climate change are sparking some of the world’s most dramatic water crises. While México City is considered one of the largest cities globally facing extreme water stress, it is surpassed by the state of Guanajuato, today considered to be one of the most water-vulnerable places globally. Why is there arsenic and fluoride in the water here? How quickly are water supplies diminishing, and what does that mean for the future of San Miguel and its watershed?

Caminos de Agua’s mission is to work with communities at risk to create access to clean water. The NGO’s new “Aguadapt” water filter, which won the Innovation Showcase Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering in June, is an example of the organization’s creative solutions. A simple water filter that anyone can use, it not only has the potential to impact water quality and scarcity issues in the region but also in other parts of the world. The organization believes that “successful solutions for water are based on the intersection of proven low-cost technologies with an implementation model driven by local communities.”

Please join the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende on November 12 for this critical presentation. Doors open at 9am. The meeting begins at 9:30am with the speaker scheduled between 9:45 and 10:15am. We’re located at Los Arcos on Stirling Dickinson 27.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at


Rotary Presentation

“Fighting the Water Crisis”

Director of Caminos de Agua Dylan Terrell

Tue, Nov 12, 9:30am

Los Arcos

Stirling Dickinson 27



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