A Simple Way to Help Our Aquifer Mantles

INDUSTRIA SM ECOLOGICAS S.A. DE C.V.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Overview

This solution will help prevent flooding and recharge aquifer mantles in the areas where they are installed. Through the collection, filtration and injection of rainwater directly to the subsoil.

Authors

Josue Faustino Diaz Miranda

Josue Faustino Diaz Miranda

Carlos Urbina

Carlos Urbina

Jose Enrique Ortega Heming

Jose Enrique Ortega Heming

MARIO DIAZ

MARIO DIAZ

School

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

Professor

Ezequiel Reficco

Ezequiel Reficco

Innovation

This solution is designed for two purposes, first to help recharge aquifers mantles that are being depleted in many urban areas of the country for the development of cities, through the injection of rainwater which is not absorbed into the same proportion in cities as in rural areas, and secondly to avoid the floods generated in the rainy seasons. So in coordination with governments and companies, which are looking for sustainable alternatives to improve infrastructure, protect the environment and are concerned about water treatment, the “puyones pluviales” would be a viable solution to support communities and areas that are affected by lack of water or constant flooding allowing sustainable development in the infrastructure of cities.

Today there are two puyones installed, one in the city of Querétaro and another in Mexico City, which have 4 years and 10 years of being installed, that of Mexico City was the first to be installed and served to perfect the technology.

Among its main technical characteristics of the puyones we can name: It has the capacity to infiltrate up to 350,000 liters per hour, use a separate sewer system, complies with the Official Mexican Standard NOM-015-CNA-2007, it is a patented product and has a durability of up to 50 years.

This technology helps as another tool for achieving the UN development goals, in order to guarantee the availability of water, its sustainable management and sanitation for all. In these days the company is visiting governments and companies to offer this product and increase the number of installed puyones.

A Simple Way to Help Our Aquifer Mantles

Inspiration

The main promoter of this product is Miguel Pazos who partnered with the designer of the puyones; both agreed on the benefits of this solution for the topic of floodsand lack of water in the cities, generated mainly by the depletion of the aquifers. Miguel comments that the amount of water suitable for human consumption is extremely small and that excessive consumption and lack of awareness for water treatment could put us in a very delicate situation.

He explained to us in the interview that when he had to battle with a cancer disease, the battle against this disease made him think and reflect on what he could do to improve the life of his children.

Overall impact

In the short term, this innovation can help reduce flooding in areas that generally suffer from these, thus avoiding material and even human losses. On the other hand, collecting and filtering the rainwater and injecting it into the subsoil, allowing the recharge of the aquifer mantles, will help to sanitize and constantly improve the water treatment and the sustainability of the environment and the sustainable development of the communities. The cooperation of governments, companies and society will also be necessary to raise awareness and action on the issue of the treatment of aquifers as well as the management of floods in cities.

Business benefit

This is a small company which is still in the phase of promoting the product with governments, societies and companies for the sale of this innovation, its main disadvantage is the cost vs. the cost of an absorption well, however its maintenance It is more economical, the injection of water to the subsoil is greater, the injected water is cleaned and filtered by the puyon and its useful life is greater.

Social and environmental benefit

As we have said, it mainly helps to maintain the aquifer mantles in order to be able to supply clean and constant water to the communities in which the puyones are installed. And to assist in flood management, absorbing a greater amount of water than an absorption well can generally process. Additionally, it allows communities to have sustainable infrastructure with low maintenance costs.

Interview

Miguel Pazos, Director

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INDUSTRIA SM ECOLOGICAS S.A. DE C.V.

INDUSTRIA SM ECOLOGICAS S.A. DE C.V.

Mexico, Mexico, MX

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Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Use of rainwater to recharge aquifers and help solve the problem of flooding.