MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Dec. 19, 2018 – Ducks Unlimited de México (DUMAC), along with representatives from Axalta Coating Systems and the Gonzalo Rio Arronte Foundation, gathered in late November to dedicate two wastewater treatment plants near Lake Cuitzeo.
The San Rafael plant is in Santa Ana Maya and the Arumbaro plant treats wastewater in Copandaro.
“Both wastewater treatment plants are adjacent to Lake Cuitzeo, said Eduardo Carrera, national executive director and CEO of DUMAC. “The San Rafael plant treats water for 771 residents of the area and the Arumbaro plant benefits 626 residents.”
Both wastewater treatment plants were built in one year and the projects included installation of dry toilets and other facilities in different communities in the Lake Cuitzeo watershed. Each was funded in part by Axalta and supported by the Gonzalo Rio Arronte Foundation.
“These were two great events where DUMAC was recognized not only for the two new wastewater treatment plants, but also for the work we have conducted along the Lake Cuitzeo watershed,” Carrera said. “A total of 425 ecologically friendly facilities have been installed in 29 different communities near Lake Cuitzeo.”
At both dedication ceremonies, mayors from each municipality signed agreements to properly operate the plants using municipal funding.
Established in 1974, Ducks Unlimited de México (DUMAC) has restored and enhanced more than 1.5 million acres that are important for wintering waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. DUMAC has classified 27 million acres of wetlands and uplands as part of the Wetlands Inventory Program that guides their conservation efforts. DUMAC's RESERVA program is the first internationally focused, hands-on training program for natural resources professionals in Latin America. With the help of Ducks Unlimited Inc. and several other important partners, RESERVA has trained 561 professionals from 20 Latin American countries and one from Africa.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.