Water scarcity is a long-standing and constant issue in Punta Chueca — one of two Comcaac towns on the Sea of Cortez. But the community has now gone five weeks without water from the town’s failing desalination plant.
I love San Miguel de Allende. It’s a lovely town in Mexico, and anyone who wants romance in his or her life should come down here. It’s just turning June, and it’s starting to get hot from Sarasota to Dallas to Los Angeles, but not here.
Weather conditions in San Q1uintin, a region in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, are good for growing crops year-round, but the lack of water in the area is forcing farmers to turn to innovative and environmentally friendly technologies, such as desalination, to deal with the problem.
The drought that affected San Quintin from 1985 to 2015 caused the amount of land under cultivation to fall from 28,000 hectares (69,135 acres) to 7,889 hectares (19,479 acres), a reduction of 72 percent.
Water scarcity is a critical issue for New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, and the Two Nations One Water U.S.-Mexico Border Water Summit 2019 will address this challenge and more at the April 23-25 event at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.
Desalination plant brings relief to Ensenada residents struggling with limited water supply.- Mexico
The reverse-osmosis facility, which has the capacity to double in size, is seen as a critical piece of infrastructure for Ensenada, whose 390,000 residents have been almost entirely dependent on aquifers for their water supply.
New Mexico’s supply of groundwater should be reserved for periods of drought, communities should have sharing agreements in place when supplies are short and alternatives such as desalination should be explored regardless of the cost.
With an investment of 880.4 million pesos and after months of delay, the Ensenada desalination plant will finally start operations on Monday, July 9, supplying 250 liters per second to the local population.
The director of the Aguas de Ensenada company, Moisés Pariente, reported that they are currently in the testing period and in the coming weeks some adjustments will be made to the process so the processed water meets the standards required, before sending it to the tank locate at El Gallo, which is the delivery point.
Aqua Membranes, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based developer of dimensional spacer technologies for improved membrane filtration efficiency, has finalized a commercial agreement with Henkel Adhesive Technologies to utilize each other’s expertise and knowledge base to develop new innovations in membrane technology.