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Calle Juarez at Calle Obregon
Office location: Heroico Colegio Militar at Calle Álvaro Obregón
Servicio de acarreó de agua
Water Ways Baja
To report a non-working landline: 050
For information: 01-800-123-2222
For Assistance & Balances: 01-800-123-0000
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Did you know that the Sierra de la Laguna mountains are the source for the water that fills the aquifers of Todos Santos and many of the Pacific communities of BCS?
La Paz is running out of water so it’s building an aqueduct to pump it in from El Carrizal. Los Cabos is running out of water so it’s contracting with a private desalination plant to boost supply. El Triunfo has water but residents refuse to drink it; it’s still contaminated by the arsenic released by mining operations at the turn of the last century. Baja California Sur is not only Mexico’s driest state, but the country’s second fastest growing state by population. These two trends seem to be barreling towards a head-on collision that could take an enormous environmental, economic and public health toll on the state. Whether or not that collision takes place in the future depends largely on the actions we residents take today.
To get a better understanding of Water issues in Baja California Sur, read Water Pressure in Baja California Sur.
Water Pressure in Baja California Sur (link to Notes PDF attached)
The right to potable water, its use, sanitation and reuse, is currently being privatized in Mexico. To learn more, read Privatizing Potable Water in Mexico by Alfonso Antonio.
Privatizing Potable Water in Mexico (link to Notes PDF attached)
The stated benefit of Desal is primarily to provide a reliable new source of freshwater to supplement finite or dwindling existing sources that cannot meet projected water demand. Desalination may also help reduce our unsustainable reliance and over-drafting of rivers, streams and aquifers. A constant flow of fresh water from desalination could avoid the environmental disruption of building more dams for storage. However, to ensure that these potential benefits come to fruition could require complex legal mechanisms and each project proposal involve different complications.
Desal facilities can have several negative environmental impacts, depending upon where they are located, how they are designed and operated, and the end use of the produced water. In some cases, there are also concerns about “privatizing” what has always been a public resource, as well as additional complications if a private owner is a foreign entity. A water supply system operated by a private company (perhaps a multinational company) may not be subject to restrictions of regulatory government agencies, or the general public. Their profit goals may encourage rate increases, reductions in quality, and promotion of more water use, as opposed to calls for water conservation and recycling.
Desal-Not a good alternative (link to Notes PDF attached)