Water Matters

Water Matters by Rudy Girón

Water matters to a lot a people. Now I understand the importance of awareness campaigns like World Water Day, which we discussed here about a month ago.

This was a town hall meeting to discuss the contaminated water that is being served by the Municipality. It was and interesting and weird meeting. I believe the people were called to assembled by the City Hall government in order to let know that the Public Health Ministry was going to shut down their water reservoir. Interesting enough, the Health Ministry officials were there to explain why they were going to close the water reservoir and distribution system. They said it is their obligation to shut down water distribution systems when the water is contaminated and this is particular water reservoir is contaminated and they were asking the people to demand chlorination of the water in order to receive purified water from the Antigua Guatemala municipal government. The people did not trust the intentions of neither the Municipality nor Health Ministry. People were enraged at the possibility of losing their tap water. You see, water matters.

Here’s the water series published before to clarify the water situation in Guatemala. As always, follow the white rabbit to the water series to see the photos and read the researched information.

  1. Who owns the water in Guatemala?
  2. Public Water Faucets Are Today’s Fountains
  3. Water Tanks and Colonial Style Social Networks
  4. Local Bottled Water Station Hunapu
  5. Abundant Water for Fountains Around Antigua
  6. The Venerable Colonial Pila is Now Used as Decoration
  7. Guatemalan Water Wells Wet Wealth

What kind water issues are there where you live?

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  • Angeltile

    the above entry needs a proper translation, I try to do my best.
    as many know, elections time it`s around the corner, so this is the best time to come against whatever the autorities are doing. all began as the municipal goverment installed automatic clorinators on the tanks that supply water for the street taps. this water supply (a natural spring) was given to a local group long ago, but since it`s a public service, the municipality felt the need to ensure it`s quality. this action enraged the local people and demanded that the water remained as usual, no clorine, not potable!! health officials tryed to convince people of the need to ensure water quality, they did not succed.

  • Oakland Daily Photo

    Sadly, I think water will be the ultimate resource fight of the future. It saddens me that Mexico and Central America have not yet been able to provide clean, potable water to its citizens. Meanwhile, we in the U.S. squander water, spoil and deplete our aquifers, and refuse to engage in long term planning for the use of this fragile resource. As we are fond of saying, Man is not the sharpest knife in the drawer (or brightest bulb in the chandelier).