Coladeras con conciencia/Strainers with conscience
By MAR Leadership Team | MAR Leadership Team
The State of Quintana Roo in Mexico is characterized by a karst landscape formed by sedimentary rocks of porous consistency that allow the rapid filtration of liquids to the subsoil, giving room to the aquifer of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Since 1970, the northern zone of Quintana Roo has maintained a constant population growth, and, proportionally, the demand for groundwater has increased as it is the main source of human supply in the region. Unfortunately, contamination of the aquifer and the sea has also increased due to poor septic tank or latrine infrastructure, illegal dumping of wastewater into the sea, and discharge of untreated sewage infiltrating the aquifer. Such infiltration risks affecting water quality both in shallow wells and in the coastal zone associated with the locality. Due to the hydrogeological characteristics of the area and its high hydraulic conductivity, the aquifer is highly vulnerable to environmental contamination, especially in coastal areas. This infiltration generates potential contamination of the aquifer and affects the water quality of the coastal zone, which has repercussions on tourism and fishing activities.
2021 MAR fellows Fernanda and Francesca's project "Coladeras con Conciencia/ Strainers with conscience" seeks to educate and make society responsible, starting with Puerto Morelos, about the importance and existing contamination of the aquifer that directly affects the health the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MAR).
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