Isla Urbana has engaged the ongoing water crisis by developing affordable, easy to install rainwater harvesting kits. Most notably, Isla Urbana’s kits are designed to fit onto existing structures, allowing them to be widely deployed in the existing informal sprawl which surrounds Mexico City.
The kits take advantage of the fact that many homes in Mexico City have cisterns for collection and storage of water, despite not being connected to formal water systems. They allow residents to achieve, on average, 5 to 8 months of water independence throughout the year. This reduces both the family’s financial burden (from buying water) and the social burden of being another drain on Mexico City’s dwindling water supply.
Along with physical installations, Isla Urbana conducts art-driven workshops and events that inspire consciousness around water conservation. In many communities, encouraging the conservation of water is a sociological change as much as a technological one. From do-it-yourself pamphlets, to murals and instructional videos, Isla Urbana uses a mix of media to promote the importance of water consciousness, providing a model for how future cities will eventually deal with water crises.