Innovation, the key for providing water to rural areas of Mexico
In areas of low rainfall, where communities are more dispersed and obtaining water is difficult and costly, such as in the rural areas of central Mexico, the alternative is to innovate, said Juan Gabriel Segovia, general manager of Social Management at the Guanajuato State Water Commission.
In the different regions in the State of Guanajuato, in central Mexico, there are areas where you have to drill to a depth of 400 meters to find water, which means investing up to 50 million pesos ($2.5 million) for a well.
“We are saying that there are wells from 80 to 100 meters in some areas, but in others you have to drill up to 300 or 400 meters to find water. That forces us to be very efficient and carry out constant campaigns with communities to take care of the resource,” Segovia said in an interview with EFE.
Guanajuato is one of the states participating in the FEMSA Foundation’s Lazos de Agua initiative, which brought water, sanitation and hygiene to 200,000 people in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay in its first phase.