lunes, 10 de junio de 2013

Agua: Carta al editor de Atención, en San Miguel de Allende.

The Realito Dam, which is situated on the borders of San Luis Potosi and Guanajuato, is destined to supply domestic water to the cities of San Luis Potosi, Celaya and San Miguel. The dam is completed and the aqueduct is presently under construction.
It is important this community is aware of the details of this project and how it will affect our water supply.
Dr. Marcos  Adrian Ortega of the UNAM Geosciences Center, who heads the research into our aquifer, commented on this development during his talk at El Charco on March 23. He made it clear this was the beginning of the privatization of water in our area, since the distribution will be commercialized, increasing the cost to the consumer. In his view the state should never lose control of the administration of water.
One of the aqueducts will bring water to San Luis Potosi and another will cross the watershed and bring it to San Miguel de Allende and Celaya. These aqueducts range from 100 to 140 KM   Another problem, Dr. Ortega mentioned, was the protection of the aqueduct. The present domestic water supply to San Luis de la Paz has many times the accepted levels of arsenic and fluoride and Dr. Mora and San Jose Iturbide to a lesser degree. He asks if they will have to put soldiers to protect the aqueduct like Pemex does to protect their gasoline pipes?
He also said big dams cause great environment damage, including destruction of many communities.
At a previous meeting, Dr. Ortega said the Realito dam will have little or no affect on our aquifer, and this is contrary to statements made by politicians. The water level of our aquifer is declining at an alarming rate.
The problem, Dr. Ortega said, is central to the privatization of water that exists at the international level and warns the solution will not come from the same group of people who are giving the guidelines.

Robin Luxmoore

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