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PARROQUIA in San Miguel de Allende daytime – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe water supply is a concern in San Miguel. Eighty percent of which is used for agriculture. So while there are many new housing developments placing a demand on water the largest consumer is farming.
 
So, in some places, they don’t have potable water. Personally, I would not drink tap water, but you can always buy a 5-gallon garrafón of drinking water for 28 pesos.
 
(Pictured: PARROQUIA in San Miguel de Allende daytime.)
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san miguel de allende water – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingReaders, this sounds like a home-buyer’s question!  The city water supply has been very reliable for many years now, but the standard of construction is still to build an underground water cistern for each home so that, in the unlikely event the water is shut off  to your street for a day’s worth of street repair, you still have several days of reserve water already available.
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San Francisco Church, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are very few disruptions in the water supply for San Miguel at this time ---- but problems are likely in the future.

 

I first visited San Miguel de Allende ten years ago and even then, most of the people that I met were concerned about water.

Since that time there have been many articles and reports in local and national news and even one in the New York Times that have discussed the water problems.

There have been many seminars, studies, and meetings with comments from concerned citizens and leaders.

Angélica Casillas Martínez, director of the State Water Commission (CEAG) is one official who has indicated that forecasts are poor for future water supplies.

Researcher Marcos Adrián Ortega Guerrero from Geosciences Center (CGeo) at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) said arsenic and fluoride were found in the Lerma-Chapala system (the aquifer supplying San Miguel), in concentrations 10 times greater than what are deemed tolerable limits for human consumption. “Arsenic is generating cancer issues among the population. Fluoride has gone from affecting teeth and the skeleton to being associated with neurotransmitter issues, reducing the intelligence quotient of children by between 40 and 50%; children stop learning, and that’s irreversible,” he said.

 

Lerma-Chapala aquifer – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are two problems. First, so much water is being pumped from the aquifer that it is not being resupplied and underground water levels have dropped significantly. Currently, San Miguel and surrounding areas are going deep in the ground and extracting ancient waters. These waters are from the Pleistocene era.

 

 

Second, the ground waters are carrying increasing levels of arsenic and fluoride which are recognized worldwide as the most serious inorganic contaminants in drinking water. They have been shown to impair learning and memory. They are also known to cause many other medical problems including cancer. Tests show levels well beyond international and national standards.

The contamination affects much of the population in San Miguel – many of whom who drink straight from the tap or use common household filtration systems. Many of the filtration systems used in households and even by some of the bottled water companies do not actually eliminate arsenic or fluoride.

 

New Development - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe problems are not insurmountable but expats need to know about them and become involved. They need to know that the well water or municipal water may have high levels of arsenic and fluoride and that many filters do not remove them. They may need to install filters designed specifically for arsenic and fluoride.

 

 

I’ve met expats who were positive that drinking unfiltered well water was safe because they had tested it for pathogens. But they did not consider the heavy metals. Many new developments are water intensive with lush vegetation and many pools – this may be a problem. I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for many years and we made a major effort to cut down on the water usage and this should become the trend for San Miguel.

 

San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAlso, expats are not a separate community; the health problems of the general population affect everyone. Some studies have shown that increased levels of arsenic have led to lead poisoning and that has led to delinquency and crime.

 

 

 

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San Francisco Church, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This entire area is above the Lerma-Chapala aquifer

New Development using plenty of water - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Lots of lawns and vegetation around many homes in San Miguel de Allende

 

 

 

 

Nancy Howze of CDR Bienes Raices San Miguel, SC – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
 Rancho Lagunillas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere aren’t any water disruptions in the water supply in San Miguel de Allende that I’m aware of. The way San Miguel de Allende is set up is that there are huge cisterns that are located in places all over the city. Water from those cisterns comes from a giant aquifer that goes all the way up to San Luis Potosí, which is a town about 2 ½ hours away from San Miguel de Allende. 
 
Many of the older houses in San Miguel de Allende have what they call “tinacos” on the roof. Tinacos are pressurized water systems to regulate water pressure in the home. In the newer houses, there are both a pressure pump and a cistern, which may hold from 20 to 200 liters, which is enough for a week’s water supply for a family. The water is fed from the city into your cistern, and then through a pressure pump, pushed through your house. The pressure pump gives you a little bit better water pressure than the gravity fed one does. 
 
Most tinacos and cisterns are large enough that if there should be a disruption in water for a day or two, you wouldn’t know it. I have personally never had that happen, and I’ve been here for 18 years.  
 
( Rancho Lagunillas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)
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The pool at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico  – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are times when we have water disruptions in San Miguel de Allende so we try to conserve as much water as we can. May is usually a dry time here in San Miguel so the water supply could be low.
 
Most houses here have tinacos (water tanks) on top of our roof. There are times when the city would turn off the water supply for a few hours during the day, which is when we use the water stored in the tinacos, which is enough to cover the whole house. We also have water cisterns underground that hold water that’s good for a week to a month.
 
There was even a time when we missed paying the water bill but we didn’t know our water got cut off. It took so long for us to realize that our water supply was disconnected because we had enough water coming from the tinacos.
 
(The pool at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, picutred.) 
Maria Mazarro of Kika's Botique – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
{Public wash basins, San Miguel de Allende – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe water supply in San Miguel de Allende is very reliable. I have lived in San Miguel for almost 5 years now and we have never had any problems with the water supply. I have a well in my house now but before we had that well, we used the water that come from the city Dolores Hidalgo, which had the additional advantage of being free; we didn’t pay for our water.
 
We dug a well even though I already had free water just because I wanted to have more water and my own water, which I think is cleaner since it comes from your own property.
 
(Pictured: public wash basins, San Miguel de Allende.)

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