Rain Catchment; a Solution to Water Scarcity in Poor Communities

Presas Bajo Tierra

1. No Poverty 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Presas Bajo Tierra developed patented technology as an alternative solution to resolve water problems in poor communities.

The purpose Presas Bajo Tierra is to implement a sustainable, autonomous and sustainable system to provide water to communities who have suffered water scarcity problems for a long time in order to improve the life of its inhabitants and at the same time benefit to their economic development. The main activities that have been benefited with this sustainable solution are agriculture and animal husbandry

Authors

Norma Escalona

Norma Escalona

Anaid Lara

Anaid Lara

federico navarro

federico navarro

Francisco Ramos

Francisco Ramos

School

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

Professor

Ezequiel Reficco

Ezequiel Reficco

Innovation

Presas Bajo Tierra is a global company that presents, under an approach towards prosperity and the well-being of communities, a sustainable alternative to water problems today, through underground dam technology.

The underground dams are waterproof barriers that are placed on the permeable substrates of the soil, which is where the water flows, is supported and cemented where the water stops, stores and controls and then can be extracted. The water that is collected is found in the upper part of the aquifers in a porous medium and has the goodness of recharging them and not extracting the water. The ideal space is excavated, the water received is captured and sent through a collection tube. From there, powered by solar panel energy, it reaches a tank and water can be distributed to the population.

This technology was developed by Engineer Miguel Álvarez and is protected by the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI), with patent No. 347027, under the name of “Process for water storage by means of Underground Dams and their subsequent use”, the first Mexican patent in the geohydrology area, which is valid for 20 years and recognized with a PRIORITY degree, which means that water is a priority for this country.

In Miguel Alvarez's words: “Presas Bajo Tierra's mission is that all subsurface waters of Mexico and Latin America are harnessed through the use of sustainable technologies such as Presas Bajo Tierra” to provide water to communities with scarcity issues.

“The motivation arises among other things that Mexico has 180,800 communities with a population of less than 2,500 inhabitants, where more than 70% of these communities have water scarcity problems and are totally unproductive, and represent 23% of the country's total population.”

The idea was created 34 years ago thinking of Mexican people living in complicated zones.

Rain Catchment; a Solution to Water Scarcity in Poor Communities

Inspiration

The idea arises after the graduate studies of the engineer Miguel Alvarez in Kyoto, Japan where he learned how a water particle moves in three dimensions. Upon his return to Mexico, Miguel Alvarez identified that his knowledge could help solve the problems of water scarcity in arid parts of Mexico and in areas where there is very low rainfall.

The first influencer for Miguel Alvarez was the professor Mitzumo who initiated this sustainability idea in Asia. In Mexico, Miguel Alvarez adapted Mitzumo's ideas to the Mexico ecosystem conditions to develop and implement this sustainability technology.

The main motivation is that Mexico has a lot of poor communities with water trouble and represents 34% total of Mexico´s population

Overall impact

Presas Bajo Tierra recognizes the water as the most valuable and indispensable natural resource for human life and its mission is that this resource will be available for all people. This mission is the main message shared in the company with all the employees. However, the mission and message about water importance are also shared as part of the implementation of sustainable technology in the communities with scarcity problems.

  • For society: the issue of scarcity water has been solved and also they started to be productive as a community.
  • For the environment: there is positive impact at any angle. Because in Mexico, this is the only technology that obtains water from rain, not from aquifers. This system also has the benefit of recharging aquifers, containing the migration of fresh water to the sea, ecological restoration, coastal protection, and soil recovery.

Business benefit

For the business, this project represents the core and nature .

Presas Bajo Tierra is looking to activate the economy in communities with scarcity issues, providing water through a sustainable and autonomous system.

  • Sustainable , because it does not impact the nature
  • Autonomous, once the system has been installed it doesn't require humans or machines to keep working
  • Sustainable, system does not require more money than the invested at the beginning of the project.

System's lifetime is projected to 80 years , and it depends on steel, the element that can decompose quickly if it has no maintenance.

Social and environmental benefit

Presas Bajo Tierra recognizes the water as the most valuable and indispensable natural resource for human life and its mission is that this resource will be available for all people. This mission is the main message shared in the company with all the employees. However, the mission and message about water importance is also shared as part of the implementation of sustainable technology in the communities with scarcity problems. The goal is to create sustainable communities with responsible and conscious consumption of this natural resource.

Benefits of Presas Bajo Tierra project for society:

  • Scarcity water issue solved
  • Productive communities dedicated to agriculture and animal husbandry
  • Sustainable communities
  • Communities educated with a conscious and responsible consumption of this natural resource.

For the environment:

  • Rainwater catchment not from aquifers
  • recharging of aquifers,
  • containing the migration of fresh water to the sea,
  • ecological restoration,
  • coastal protection,
  • soil recovery.

Interview

Miguel Alvarez Sanchez, Managing Director

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Presas Bajo Tierra

Presas Bajo Tierra

Queretaro, Queretaro, MX

Business Website: https://www.presasbajotierra.com/

Year Founded: 2015

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Presas Bajo Tierra is a global company that presents, under an approach towards prosperity and the well-being of communities, a sustainable alternative to water problems today, through underground dam technology.