The extent of water scarcity in Mexico is serious, with an ever-increasing demand and an increasingly limited supply, certain cities in Mexico risk being void of water. One of the principal reservoirs that feeds Mexico City, the Cutzamala dam system, is nearly half-empty and continuing to drop. Water shutoffs have become routine in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Mexico’s capital, with its 19 million residents, is confronting a crisis that also is a threat elsewhere. Los Angeles, Beijing and Singapore are just a few of the world’s urban centers struggling to accommodate growing populations with dwindling supplies of drinkable water. Reed more about this: The Wall Street Journal As an answer to the ecological and humanitarian crisis Mexico is facing, Isla Urbana have joined forces with its multidisciplinary team of designers, engineers, urbanists, and sociologists working closely with the community, local businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, and the Mexican City government, to generate a community that works activity to facilitate the widespread adoption of rainwater harvesting as a viable solution to the water crisis. Isla Urbana’s team has developed a low-cost rainwater harvesting system that when installed in individual households, generates the capacity to provide a family with about 50% of their annual water need. They not only produces and instales this sustainable source of water but also takes on training of local plumbers, using only local materials, and working closely with the beneficiaries to train them in the maintenance and use of their system. The system is installed in about one day, is easy to maintain, and provide clean water for all household uses. When a family captures rainwater, their cistern is full for five months of the year with nothing but rainwater. This means that the city does not have to pump water long distances, nor deplete rivers and aquifers in order to fill their cistern. These are some of the aspects that makes Isla Urbana a interesting initiative in the harsh reality Mexico is facing. To learn more about Isla Urbana read: http://www.islaurbana.org http://islaurbana.mx Enrique Lomnitz the Founder of Isla Urbana presents the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj7Vy3FGeA