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First National Rainwater Catchment Conference In Mexico

Friday, November 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ARCSA Admin
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Mexico had their first national conference at the University of Guadalajara School of Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico on  November 6-9, 2017. Around 300 adults and students attended the conference where international speakers spoke the first day addressing projects and efforts in Germany, Columbia, Brazil, Japan and USA which was represented by past presidents of ACRSA, Bob Boulware and Billy kniffen.


The second day focused on efforts in Mexico and professors, professionals, government officials and graduate students spoke on efforts of flood control using rainwater in Guadalajara and Mexico City and efforts in desert areas where there is no water. Nine percent of Mexico's population has no access to running water. Two special meetings were also held. The first discussed developing a Mexico rainwater standard much like the ARCSA/ASPE Standard 63 and 78 which Bob Boulware addressed to the group. A committee of professionals, educators and manufacturers (Rotoplas was a major sponsor) volunteered to work on a design standard for Mexico. A second meeting addressed the international associations and how they could help national efforts. An international conference will be held (I think) in Brazil in 2018.


The conference shifted to organizing the national association - Association Mexicana De Sistemas De Captacion De Agua De Lluvia (AMSCALL) and formed committees, chairmen and volunteer members. Sixty to eighty attended the meeting and committees included management, education, research, awarness and promotion. Arturo Gleason will serve as their first national president.


The conference ended with an eye opening tour in and near Guadalajara. The first stop was of a site where a spring had been sealed over with concrete to make a concrete park. The second was in the lower part of Guadalajara where a river of raw sewage flowed in an open drain and combined with stormwater runs untreated into the Santiago River. The third was of a a stagnant 3 acre pond, within the city, of flood water and area industrial waste. The forth was south of Guadalajara where 400 plus commercial manufacturers pull water from the local aquifer and dump their industrial waste untreated into the same Santiago River creating a river of potent foam and strong foul odor. Plans were to have their second national conference in 2019.


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