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Water crisis in Yucatan: arsenic and hepatitis A virus detected

- July 30, 2022

The issue of water will be analyzed in an academic forum.

If we do not take concrete, effective and progressive actions, we may be even worse than Monterrey in a few years, warned Dr. Salvador Castell González, state coordinator of the Network for the Future of Yucatan and director of “Va por la Tierra” when talking about the water issue. that will be discussed this Friday the 29th at a summit that will be held at the Anahuac Mayab University and will be broadcast on networks.

We have to understand that we do not have a large reserve of water, we have water but most of it is not useful, 90 percent, he pointed out.

“We cannot be the future source of water for the entire country as is being considered, apparently nor can we be waiting for the flooding due to the thawing of the poles to leave us without Mérida, because it would be one of the cities that would disappear if all this chaotic scenario occurred.

Yesterday at the office of the State Human Rights Commission of the State of Yucatan, details of this face-to-face and virtual summit were announced, of which Dr. Salvador Castell is a member of the organization.

He also said that the environmental climate crisis is a real concern that is made up of three major events: The pollution crisis, global warming and the loss of biodiversity.

What is very worrying is that Yucatan is in the penultimate place of environmental management

Arsenic in water, experts warn

In the treatment of water, increasingly selective processes have to be carried out. Arsenic has already been detected in our water and is highly toxic, said Dr. Salvador Castell González, state coordinator of the Network for the Future of Yucatan and director of Va por la Tierra.

“We have to start taking care of the water to have it in sufficient quantity and quality for the future,” he said, speaking of the issue that will be discussed this Friday at a summit that will be held at the Anahuac Mayab University and will be broadcast on social networks.

Referring to water treatment, he indicated that increasingly selective processes have to be carried out.

He announced that the deputy Rubén Gregorio Muñoz Álvarez, president of the Commission of Hydraulic Resources of the Chamber of Deputies, will come to the summit. In addition to the fact that he will speak about the human right to water, he will address what happened on April 24, when it was recognized that the National Water Law is unconstitutional because it does not recognize the human right to the vital liquid.

Dr. Castell González announced that as of September they will begin a campaign together with the media so that people know what the human right to water is and its recognition in the next legislative period in the Congress of the Union.

He also stated that water management is a municipal responsibility, not a state one as it is done in Yucatan, which leaves municipalities totally devoid of capacities to attend to all this management.

“We are going to work on a series of training sessions for the municipalities to be able to give them more information,” he said.

Water Law in Yucatan

He considered that the Water Law has not passed because the problem is general. He affirmed that the water in Yucatan does not belong to the Yucatecan, but to the Federation because it is underground and all underground national assets belong to the Federation.

“More than a law on how to use water, an agreement is needed to share powers; that is, the Federation has to tell us if you can handle federal water. That’s why we need the representatives that we’re already working with,” he said.

He explained that it is known that pig activities are highly polluting, but there are data that show that they are not the main source of contamination.

He said that cities are the ones that dump the most pollution into the water.

He also stated that hormones used in production, agrochemicals, and fecal matter have been found and it has been detected that the hepatitis A virus is already endemic in Yucatan.

Source: yucatan.com.mx

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