Wetskills-México 2019

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Wetskills-México 2019

August 26, 2019 - September 5, 2019

About The Event

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For the first time in México!

Wetskills was organizing its first Water Challenge in México City! The programme started on August 26, and the finals were aligned to the largest water event in México: Aquatech (3-5 September 2019). The event was hosted by the Universidad Panamericana.

The Wetskills formula: students and recent graduates are working together in international, multidisciplinairy teams in a 2-weeks program, to find creative solutions for real-life water cases.

Team 4 was the winning team, with their plan for a rainwater catchment system and water storage facility, to solve the problem of water shortages at schools. Case owner: Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (IMTA).

Event Blogs Mexico 2019

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  • Finals at AquaTech – and the winners are…

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Simone van Holst & Andrea Velasco Martinez This morning everyone woke up with excitement and maybe a little bit of nervousness because it was the day of the finals...

  • Trip to Teotihuacan – an authentic Mexican experience

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Beatriz Adriana Rojas González (Universidad Panamericana) – Early this morning, at the Universidad Panamericana there was a bus waiting for us, which would take...

  • Poster and Pitch Training

    Wetskills Mexcio 2019 – by Ilse Meeuwsen (Radboud University) & Cesar Chávez Flores (Instituto Tecnologico de Arandas) – After a really nice and fun night most of us had problems to w...

  • Feedback, Piñata and Party

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Regina Méndez Guerrero (Universidad Panamericana) and Alejandra López Vázquez del Mercado (Universidad Panamericana) – Today we had a different workflow than ...

  • Ideas are coming together

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Leonardo Bueno Guerrero (Universidad de Guadalajara) & Brenda Palomares (UNAM) – Things have started to come together, today we got a peak of how far other t...

  • Brain Hurricane in the University Panamericana

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Lisa Kappetijn (psychology and international politics) and Sofía Casco (innovation and design eng.) –   Today we spend the whole day at the University of P...

  • Welcome to Wetskills Mexico 2019

    Wetskills Mexico 2019 – by Arturo Zavala Guzmán (UNAM) and Quirine van der Meer (WDOD) –   Today was our first day of Wetskills Mexico. After an informal meeting with some of the par...


Event Cases

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Case 1: Lowering plastic bottles consumption in Mexico

Case owner: Pure Water Technology (Mexico)

Bottled water covers a large source of drinking water. Mexico is number one in the use of bottled water per capita, and not all bottles are recycled. 99% of the costs for a water bottle are to cover the costs of the (usually plastic) bottle, advertising and transportation. Recycling of bottles is a good practice, which creates some money, but it does not solve the problem on the long term. Could we use this money for creating another way of drinking water provision, with water as a basic good, creating less pollution?

Final poster

Case 2: Water Reuse Decision Support System (WAREDESS) 

Case owner: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Water reuse – the use of treated wastewater – is an obvious way to alleviate water stress in water scarce regions. Globally, still 80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Water reuse has a huge potential to provide water for drinking, irrigation, or industrial uses, but many factors limit the implementation. Technical and financial challenges can be solved, but is the public ready to accept it? And what do we need to know/do so that everybody understands the benefit of water reuse?

Final poster

Case 3: City Blueprint of water management in Ciudad Guzmán

Case owner: KWR Water Research Institute

KWR Water Research Institute has developed a process and methodology to provide a water management baseline assessment of municipalities and regions. This City Blueprint® Approach is a diagnosis tool and consists of three complementary frameworks. The main challenges of cities are assessed with the Trends and Pressures Framework (TPF). How cities are managing their water cycle is shown with the City Blueprint® Framework (CBF). Where cities can improve their water governance is examined with the Governance Capacity Framework (GCF). Currently more than 75 cities in 40 countries have already been assessed with this tool. The aim of this Wetskills project is the elaboration of the CBF and TPF for the city of Ciudad Guzmán, in collaboration with the utilities and other stakeholders.

Final poster

Case 4: Industrial design of rainwater catchment systems

Case owner: Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (IMTA)

Rainwater catchment systems are a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to mitigate water scarcity for household use and consumption. In Mexico there are several application cases, like the National Program of Rainwater Harvesting developed by the Federal Government to deliver water to rural communities. However, storage of rainwater for use during the dry season is a serious problem when there are insufficient economic resources and/or lack of space for the installation of a cistern. The aim of this project is to develop a new design for rainwater catchment systems including the water storage, with emphasis on cost reduction and an efficient use of space.

Final poster – Winning team!

Event Partners

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August 26, 2019
September 5, 2019
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Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Ciudad de México, 03920 Mexico
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Tim van der Staaij
Johan Oost
Armando Fuentes Arellano
Kennard Burer