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Sat Jan 23, 2016, 11:46 PM

Mexico town fights to protect pure water supply

Mexico town fights to protect pure water supply

Ahuisculco residents urge officials to designate mountain spring area as off limits to development.

16 Jan 2016 15:03 GMT |

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Sourced from mountain springs, the quality of Ahuisculco's tap water is far better than other parts of Mexico [Al Jazeera]
Natasha Ghoneim

Ahuisculco, Mexico - Imagine being able to turn on your faucet and enjoy pure mountain spring water. That is exactly what people in the Mexican town of Ahuisculco, little more than an hour's drive from Guadalajara, have been able to do for generations.

The mountain spring water is a source of pride among its several thousand residents.

As Sergio Santana told me, "It's life, it's health, it's happiness".

The water here is warm, feels soft on the skin and smells well - like nature.

That is a marked difference from the tap water in many of the Mexican cities I've been in. In nearby Guerrero State, the water came out of the shower smelling like sewage.

In the warmer months, people in Ahuisculco flock to the mountain spring nestled in a valley below a mountain and swim. The mountain spring is not so much of an anomaly when you consider that it's near La Primavera Biosphere Reserve.

UNESCO describes the forest area as follows: "It is crucial for maintaining biodiversity and genetic heritage, and promoting the continuity of the evolutionary processes and it constitutes a living laboratory for scientific research and environmental education."


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