Posted by Dorrie Woodward on January 15, 2007, 8:09 pm, in reply to "Re: Making Sense of the Local News"
Message modified by board administrator November 23, 2007, 2:47 pm
So, Jordan, a lay person's explanation of "water table" is: the level the water rises to due to rain, rivers or whatever. Generally we don't see the water because it's underground,saturating the soil, though during times of surplus, it runs over the surface, or appears as pools where the land dips down below the level. Mostly to discover the level of the water table you have to dig. It changes according to the amount of water falling, evaporating, being drawn up by tree roots, being pulled out in wells. |
Acquifers, areas of water concentration, are recharged via the water table, one way or another.
Helga, I heard today that El Tamarindo uses grey water for it's golf course, and that when our sewage system is running our processed effluent will be used by local farmers on their fields, instead of well water. This will buy us some time. (?)
I think we can go further; we are still up against the carrying capacity of this ecosystem...now or 6 months from now.
In the Cihuatlan municipality ,next door, there is a big project that has been funded by the municipal govt. and the United Nations...$200,000 usd... to start cleaning up their Lagoona del Tules, as part of cleaning up the Rio Maribasco. One important strategy is to separate out the "solid waste", perhaps with the broad use of composting toilets. So Melaque and Barra are looking for trade-offs to sustain the integrity of their water supply.
Our Camila de Rutherford took a 2 week intensive course about this and other issues of sustainability(paid for by the Ejido)in Melaque, with the University of Guadalajara's Centro de Sustenabilidad de la Costa de Jalisco. (over to you, Camila!!)
YES, Diane, I think dry toilets are an integral part of accomodating to limited water resouces! I had one for years, and it was just fine...and no smell either.
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