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  1. The state coordinator had no answer. He has to consult the Servants of the Nation.
  2. Chapala EXPAT Liaison · Recently, I have been feeling a tension in the community regarding Covid immunity for seniors. Dad Harry gave me the study on expiration/ decline of vaccine effectiveness. Today, 3rd of August, I went to the Director of the municipal clinic Dr. Enrique Gutiérrez and presented him with the study. Dr Gutiérrez called the state coordinator in Guadalajara and asked if he was aware of the Sinovac which was used for the 60+ and apparently now with the 18 – 29 has an effective life of 6 months. Would the state be doing anything to remedy this situation? The state coordinator shared Dr Gutiérrez’s frustration with the Servants of the Nation not giving them any advance notice. Often, less than 24 hours’ notice is received by municipalities of vaccinations being given. To know anything about several months ahead of time is probably impossible, but, they would try. In another vein the Chapala Municipal Clinic is doing covid tests and issuing official documents for those who need antigen to fly. The cost is $900p. The clinic is located in the area behind Sorianas.
  3. JOSUE JOEL PASTOR GUZMAN from Ajijic Jal (Photo Person with Disability) Needs food support and is the tutor of MAYRA SABINA PASTOR GUZMAN who studies High School in Ajijic and who needs a Scholarship and a Lap Top or computer to continue with her On Line Studies. She was born on February 19, 2008. She will enter the 1st year of secondary school in the school year that begins next month. If you can help either, please PM me.
  4. thanks, parking was always an issue when trying to patronize them!
  5. I have been told people prefer to work here because the pay is HIGHER than in Guadalajara.
  6. they act like they are the second coming. My bad!
  7. Hector was aware of the problems people were experiencing. But, these are the Saviors of the Nation and NO ONE has authority over them, sadly.
  8. The Jocotepec numbers must be the Community hospital on the Carretera. There are three "Hospitals in the Chapala municipality, but, they are all private.
  9. I have already talked to Hector and asked him to go to the Mayor and Dr. Ibarra, Director of Municipal Clinic about us seniors who have gotten the Sinovac and whose immunity will be running out in September+/-. We are going to need a booster! I will speak to him today about the denials. For your godson, I would make up a lease in Spanish that he can show his residency with you. If Hector has any Ideas I'll report back!
  10. Chapala EXPAT Liaison Published by Hector España Ramos · 33m · Comment as Chapala EXPAT Liaison Yesterday we had the Bombero drone dedication. My heart is full with pride with what our community has accomplished! As my dad Harry, who calls himself Beggar in Chief says, with all the new tourists coming to our lake and mountains, Chapala is not only the biggest lake in Mexico, but, the safest! Mayor Moy and Chief Eduardo thanked the community for stepping up and Jim Miller for volunteering to train our operators. Jim is licensed by the US FAA to be a drone pilot. No such licensing exists in Mexico. Chapala is now the only Mexican municipality besides Guadalajara and Puebla to protect its' people with the kind of asset. The drone has a camera that can monitor operations from the station and allow the Bomberos to evaluate their performance. It has an infrared camera that can find people through clouds and smoke. The drone has a flood light and loud speaker. A supplementary package has provided a smart computer controller, extra propellers, extra batteries, a back pack to transport the shock proof case into the bush, and a 3 station charger. The drone can only be used by the Bomberos for civil protection. At a future date, press and donors will be invited to a simulated lake rescue using the drone. All press outlets will likely be having more detailed related reporting this coming week! We note that many of the donors were repeat donors from our other projects. We love you and thank you for having confidence in us to accomplish what we set out to do. Your friend Hector España Ramos!
  11. certainly! the exact interview location in Chapala is Madero #268
  12. There will be interviews at the Chapala 7/11 this friday starting at 11 a.m. That is all the information I was given so please don't ask for details. Remember this is Mexico!
  13. There will be a dedication ceremony of the Bombero Drone at the Fire Station on the Libramiento Wednesday 28 July at 10 a.m. All donors are invited to come.
  14. I have received a response from one kind soul who offers a childs ikea bed after August 12. Many thanks to her for caring about the poor children!
  15. results here assumedly in spanish
  16. We are looking for beds if you are able to donate up to 4 single and/ or matrimonial beds w serviceable mattresses, PLEASE PM me. Thanks to all.
  17. Arturo excellent plumber and maintenance. Tell him Harry sent you 333 661 2193 speaks english
  18. Mexico Life Buying ornamental plants for the wastewater treatment site José de Anda and the Environmental Technology Research Center built for Atequizayán, Jalisco’s residents. Town’s innovative water treatment plant is so simple, its residents can run it Nature-based, easy-to-maintain facility uses volcanic rock and anaerobic processes By John Pint Published on Friday, July 16, 2021 13SHARES Hidden away in rural Mexico are majestic waterfalls, meandering rivers and sparkling lakes. These are the pride of local people and their favorite places to go for a carne asada on a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the water in many of these streams and lagoons is contaminated, and every rancher or campesino (farmer) picnicking nearby laments the fact that they are being polluted by aguas negras (blackwater) pouring into them from the nearest town. When you suggest they build a sewage treatment plant, they almost always give you the same reply: “We already have a planta de tratamiento, sí señor! The government built one for us 10 years ago, but, sad to say, it’s no longer in operation. The building is over there at the edge of town, locked up and abandoned.” Building a plant, I learned, is one thing. Maintaining it is quite another. A small community cannot afford the high operating costs, and even less the salary of an expert to run the place. José de Anda discusses the water-treatment project with local representatives of the town of Atequizayán. Having heard this same story again and again, I was all ears when a biologist at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara mentioned to me that techniques exist for processing human waste using ponds and flowers with no need for chemicals or expensive machinery. “There is,” professor José Luis Zavala said, “a low-tech solution to the aguas negras problem, and country people can maintain these sewage treatment sites all on their own.” A few weeks later, I was introduced to Dr. José de Anda of Jalisco’s Environmental Technology Research Center. He and the now-deceased Dr. Alberto López-López developed a passive system for treating raw sewage using a constructed wetland that they demonstrated in 2018 was able to reduce organic contaminants and coliform counts to well within national environmental standards. De Anda took me to the small town of Atequizayán, Jalisco, located near Ciudad Guzmán, 100 kilometers south of Guadalajara. “With the cooperation of the local people, we have built a demonstration wastewater processing system using what is called a constructed wetland,” said de Anda. Before arriving at Atequizayán, I had imagined the wetland I was about to visit would be some kind of swamp spread over many kilometers. This demonstration plant uses natural processes to treat the raw sewage produced by a town of 800 people. To my surprise, I saw that the demonstration treatment plant consisted of a small building next to what looked like a clay tennis court minus the net. “Where’s the water?” I asked de Anda. “Under what you are calling a tennis court,” he replied. “But the red surface you’re looking at isn’t clay, it’s a bed of small volcanic rocks, which go by the name of tezontle.” Tezontle is a Mexican word for cinder-like volcanic rock filled with countless little holes, originally formed by gas bubbles. Tezontle (scoria to geologists) is available from Jalisco to Veracruz, and it’s just about the cheapest rock you can find in Mexico, widely used for road construction. “You mean this little building plus a swimming pool full of cinders is capable of processing the sewage created by 800 people?” “Yes,” replied de Anda. “Before we set up this demonstration plant, Atequizayán had no wastewater treatment system of any kind. All their raw sewage went down a canal that, unfortunately, took it straight into La Laguna de Zapotlán.” Dr. José de Anda gave up a career in private industry to seek environmentally sound solutions to modern problems. “What’s special about this approach to treating sewage,” he continued, “is that it doesn’t use energy. We call this a nature-based solution, and we have been working on it for 10 years. It’s a combination of anaerobic processes and a wetland. “It’s not quite complete, as we set it up only seven months ago and we still need to plant flowers in the wetland, which will absorb the excessive nutrients still present in the treated water, but the system you see right here is already successfully removing most of the carbon compounds contaminating the water.” De Anda took me on a tour of the facility. We began at one end of the building, where a mixture of sewage and drainage from the town flow through metal grates, which catch rocks, into a sump that traps sand. The raw sewage is then pumped into a septic tank, and from there into a very curious upflow anaerobic filter, or biodigester, which is nothing more than a big container filled with tezontle. Here, something amazing happens. The fecal matter in the wastewater is removed, using a completely natural system. “Tezontle stone,” explains de Anda, “is very special. It has a vast amount of surface area both inside and outside because it is full of holes. Every cubic meter of tezontle represents close to 300 meters of active surface. And this surface area happens to be the habitat of a lot of bacteria that work in favor of decomposing the contaminants that are in the wastewater. “So these beneficial bacteria literally catch the contaminants and use them to grow on. Apart from this, tezontle also has the ability to absorb some metals and contaminants. So this volcanic rock is truly extraordinary.” The “constructed wetland” is filled with inexpensive volcanic cinders, known as tezontle in Mexico. “How frequently do you have to change the tezontle?” I asked him. “Oh, it keeps on working for years. Once you have things set up, you can rest assured that these scoria rocks will give you service for at least 30 years without the use of any energy to treat the wastewater.” The biodigester is the place where all this takes place, de Anda told me. Here, the very bacteria that we have in our own digestive system go to work. While the wastewater passes through the biodigester, 70% to 80% of its contaminants will be transformed into environmentally friendly compounds. “Next,” continued the researcher, “to bring these partially processed aguas negras up to Mexican national standards for purified wastewater, we need a constructed wetland.” To me, this “constructed wetland” looked very much like an Olympic-size swimming pool, but only 70 centimeters deep and completely filled with volcanic rocks about the size of lemons. It also contains water flowing from the biodigester, of course, but this reaches a maximum height of only 60 centimeters, meaning the carpet of rocks is dry on the surface and you can walk on it without sinking in. The purification process is completed as the water moves through the rocks, “simply with the help of bacteria found in the environment,” says de Anda. Cultivating flowers growing in a pool filled with tezontle and water. COURTESY OF DE ANDA ET AL Here, the water will be oxygenated by plants. “We could use reeds or cattails,” he says, “but we prefer to use ornamental plants like Agapanthus africanus (African lily), Canna indica (Indian shot) or Clivia miniata (natal lily), which have both an aesthetic and a market value.” A clever gardener, of course, could create a beautiful design here by mixing flowers and colors. The oxygenated water that flows out of the wetland is crystal clear, smells of tierra mojada (wet earth) and could be used to raise fish or to water corn, sorghum or avocado trees, for example. The cost of building this facility was about 3 million pesos, an amount similar to the cost of a traditional treatment plant. “But,” says de Anda, “once you have it, the operating and energy costs are negligible, and you don’t need to hire a rocket scientist to run it.” The surface of the water-and-tezontle-filled pool is dry. Hopefully, in the coming years, Mexicans will begin to see less water pollution and more Agapanthus across their beautiful country. The writer has lived near Guadalajara, Jalisco, for 31 years and is the author of A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area and co-author of Outdoors in Western Mexico. More of his writing can be found on his website. Tezontle is filled with holes, creating a huge surface area where beneficial bacteria can interact with sewage. African lilies growing at a similar treatment plant outside Guadalajara. 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  19. Chapala EXPAT Liaison · Anonymous donors have donated $4150p. We are now $3850p from buying the drone for the bomberos your friend Hector España Ramos
  20. recently I went to an important party. I had to go. During the discussion we came around to Covid, I had assumed all of the over 60 were vaccinated, two present stated that they were not vaccinated. I was shocked. All were unmasked. If you are unvaccinated and decline to wear a mask or at least inform those around you, please don't participate in group activities. Yes it is yout RIGHT to not vaccinate and it is your RIGHT to not wear a mask, but, I feel it is your obligation to not endanger others.
  21. Anyone here using Janumet 50/1000? Please PM me.
  22. Chapala EXPAT Liaison · 18+ can register for vaccine. Please do! Your friend Hector España Ramos
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