The Japanese embassy in Mexico, the government of Yucatan and the International Renewable Resources Institute (IRRI), signed an agreement for the construction of rainwater harvesting and storage systems for the inhabitants of the Puuc region, with an investment 1.5 million pesos.
This project seeks to promote the use of eco-technologies to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants. There will be 20 rainwater harvesting systems that will provide access to drinking water for cultivation, hygiene, consumption and use to an equal number of families that currently do not have it.
These systems have a capacity of 20,000 liters and will be distributed in the communities of Noh-Bec and Sacbecán in the municipality of Tzucacab, in the southern part of the state. The project, which will be carried out in one year, will first train the families and then the rain collectors will be built; depending on the results, this program could be replicated, extended, and become permanent.
This project is aligned with Goal 7: Clean water and sanitation of the 2030 Agenda
The signing ceremony was attended by the head of the Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State (SDS), Sayda Rodríguez Gómez, representing Governor Mauricio Vila; the Japanese Ambassador to Mexico, Noriteru Fukushima, and the General Director and Legal Representative of the International Institute for Renewable Resources, Macarena Egil Toledo.
Serious drought problem
The Japanese ambassador pointed out that Yucatan has a serious drought problem and “it is affecting the indigenous peoples of the state by not having access to water, so due to this difficulty we decided to donate one and a half million pesos, so that the families of these communities can improve their agricultural practices”.
This project is aligned with Goal 7: Clean water and sanitation of the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.