Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | Publicación mensual | 1 de octubre de 2013 vol.14, No.10


Sustainable Water Management in México

Oscar Monroy Hermosillo

National planning based on drainage basins is part of the sustainable water management. Water should be kept and used where it is generated. Based on this paradigm two strategies for the conservation of the resource are proposed; one is to increase water capture and the other is to reduce extraction; from both strategies, actions are derived and the technologies that need to be developed in order to reach sustainability are highlighted. From pumping as the sole technology for water management we have to move to a variety of technologies for increasing its capture, its efficient use, its treatment and reutilization. To reach a dignified life level for everyone, unified policies in water management, food production, housing and employment are needed. These concepts are exemplified with a project for sustainable water management in México City at the Valley of Mexico watershed.

Keywords: Planning, drainage basin, decentralized treatment, effluent segregation, public involvement, equity