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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Starting today, climate action is back on the agenda. Yesterday at noon, the White House website updated to reflect the new administration and President Biden’s agenda which placed climate action as the number two priority for his administration, just after COVID-19. And he’s bringing the largest team of climate […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Just hours after being sworn in, President Biden began reversing the previous administration’s planet-damaging environmental policy. His Day One executive orders and directives lay the groundwork for taking on the climate crisis and putting environmental, public health, and scientific priorities back in place. Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement: After (re)accepting […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today, on day one of his presidency, President Joe Biden is expected to pass a series of executive orders, including returning to the Paris Climate Agreement and completely scrapping the Keystone XL Pipeline. The incoming President’s transition team promised that executive action priorities would focus on immediately addressing COVID-19, […]
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