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Why is this the case? According to Perló, “the resource has been mismanaged.” As the WSJ writes, “In Mexico City when it rains, it storms, but the water mixes with the sewage and cannot be used.” Another reason for this water loss, says Perló, is that “most of the city’s water is pumped from dams up to 125 miles away, and 40% is lost through leaks in pipes and containers.” This means many denizens of the city’s poorest areas do not have sufficient access to water, as a 2018 NPR piece reported.
According to Grabinsky, “It remains to be seen how durable the system is—an important consideration because maintenance is crucial for good water quality.” This is not the only impediment to the implementation of this system. As the WSJ noted, “One obstacle to broader global implementation of rainwater harvesting is the belief by citizens, health officials and utilities that it is less hygienic than centralized city water systems.” And, of course, none of this is possible if the rain dries up. Nevertheless, this new method of rainwater harvesting could provide a potentially positive outcome for Mexico City’s 20 million residents.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The White House is considering new clean energy strategies for President Biden’s budget package to potentially replace measures blocked by coal-state Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The administration is considering an expansion of grants and loans for agricultural and industrial businesses to help them transition to cleaner energy, […]
While Senator Joe Manchin leads the opposition to climate provisions in President Biden’s budget bill, his own state is the most exposed to floods in the nation, according to new data released this month by the nonprofit organization First Street Foundation. Over 60% of West Virginia’s power stations are at risk, twice the average and […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism team Unearthed reveal that many coal and oil-rich nations have urged the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to water down its upcoming report on the world’s options to fight climate change successfully. Thousands of comments were sent to the IPCC’s […]
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