Graham Sustainability Institute

Safe and Affordable Water in Mexico City

October 2019

Mexico City is in a water crisis due to frequent flooding from increasingly intense storms during the rainy season. This water crisis poses imminent health, economic, and cultural consequences for the residents of this region. A Dow Fellows student team participated in a stakeholder mapping project in partnership with their client, Isla Urbana, a social enterprise in Mexico City dedicated to water sustainability through rainwater harvesting, to capture perspectives of those impacted by the City’s water crisis. The team finalized a sustainability strategy for Mexico City’s water sector that Isla Urbana will use to advise the Secretary of Environment. 

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Project Advisor: Glen Daigger
Project Team: Ellen Abrams, Ross School of Business and School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS); Ernesto Martinez Paz, College of Engineering; Emily Pfleiderer, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and SEAS; Rachel Gutfreund, School of Medicine