World Water Week - March 21-27

Water is Life


AguaVida, a coalition of 13 non-governmental organizations working in the arenas of environmental
and social health, works on behalf of San Miguel residents to guarantee a safe, sustainable and
equitable water supply to maintain life in San Miguel de Allende today and in the future.

In recognition of World Water Day, AguaVida members have developed a week-long series of
public walks, talks and outreach activities to deepen our connections and knowledge of our
local and regional water resources and inspire collective action in securing a sustainable water future.

We invite you to join us at one or all of the following events.


SATURDAY, MARCH 21 – Reconnecting with Las Cachinches Arroyo
Audubon de Mexico and Toniclab Architecture will be co-hosting a guided walk and visioning workshop with cultural ecologist, Joaquin Murrieta, along Las Cachinches arroyo to inspire leadership and commitment to the ecological revitalization and human enjoyment of this important urban waterway.  Because of limited space, this is an invitational event, but we are planning future public tours and activities along Las Cachinches.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 –  Mayan Ceremony Presa Allende  – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm / $

Join Audubon’s Amigos de la Presa for a  Mayan Ceremony conducted by local healer, Azenet Macedo, to give thanks to life and express gratitude and recognition for the deep connection we have with the universe, the earth, water, air, and fire. Ceremonies will take place on the water and on the shore around a fire.  You may participate in one or both ceremonies, reservations requested by March 20.     More details here>>

SUNDAY, MARCH 22World Water Day Fair  11 am – 4 pm / free
Join us at the new Parque Zeferino for the World Water Day Fair hosted by the Municipality of San Miguel de Allende.  Meet the members of our AguaVida coalition, learn about water in San Miguel and participate in activities. Avenida Santa Cecilia, Colonia Santa Cecilia

MONDAY, MARCH 23 – Caminos de Agua Open House – 10 am – 5 pm / free
Tour the Camios de Agua office and water lab with interactive activities on urban rainwater harvesting, rain gardens and water testing services.  Jose Maria Correa 23A, Colonia Santa Cecilia

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 – Talk:  The Future of Humanity is Urban – 4 pm – 6 pm / free
An informative and inspiring talk by cultural ecologist Joaquin Murrieta that explores the balancing act that will allow us to secure water for nature and humans.  Bellas Artes Auditorium, Hernandez Macais 75, Centro.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 – Talk:  Water, Industrial Agriculture and Alternative Strategies  – 10 am – 1:00 pm / free
Industrial agriculture uses approximately 80% of the groundwater in our local aquifer and through the use of agrochemicals and other practices creates conditions where the soil cannot effectively hold water and micronutrients necessary to produce healthy food and sequester carbon from the air are depleted. 

Diana Hoogesteger, who works with Vía Orgánica, will lead a talk on an emerging farming practice known as regenerative agriculture, which replaces pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, with a diversity of crops and beneficial insects to restore soil capacity and contribute to resilient local and regional food systems, and creating conditions that help fight climate change.  10 am – 11:30 am

Leticia Merino Pérez, coordinator of the publication “Environmental Crisis in Mexico: Route for Change”, will discuss the Citizen Initiative, which was presented to Congress on February 4, and seeks to reverse Mexico’s serious water crisis and guarantee priority distribution of water to the entire population,before making it available for industrial agriculture, manufacturing or luxury uses.  11:45 am – 1 pm

 Bellas Artes Auditorium, Hernandez Macais 75, Centro.  

A coalition of San Miguel de Allende non-profit organizations working together and in partnership with government, citizens and businesses to secure our water future for the health and security of all living beings in San Miguel de Allende.

Audubon de Mexico, A.C.     Caminos de Agua, A.C.    Casita Linda, A.C.
Club Rotario de San Miguel de Allende     Educación Colaborativa
El Charco del Ingenio, A.C.    El Maíz Más Pequeño, A.C.     Feed the Hungry, A.C.
La Fundación de Apoyo Infantil Guanajuato, A.C. (FAI)    Patronato Pro Niños, A.C.
Mid-day Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende    Salvemos del Rio Laja, A.C.
Via Organica, A.C.