Biotechnology and nanotechnology will be employed to sanitize Yucatan’s sacred cenotes.
The civil organization Ríos Limpios has initiated a “save water” program that replicates successful projects across Mexico and in other countries.
One of Ríos Limpios partners, Peruvian-Japanese scientist Marino Morikawa, has treated water from more than 30 ecosystems in the world through the use of biotechnology.
Morikawa uses bacteria, fungi and microorganisms to clean contaminated water and is the inventor of the micronanoburbujeo system.
This system produces bubbles 10,000 times smaller than found in carbonated soft drinks and remain in water between four and eight hours. In that time, the bubbles capture and immobilize catch, immobilize and destroy surrounding bacteria, which then evaporates.
Ríos Limpios is directed by the Mexican national Eduardo Negrete, who will lead the cleaning, sanitation, reforestation and garbage-collection brigades that are intended to begin in mid-August.
Ríos Limpios was established in April 2017 to clean, conserve and treat Mexico’s natural waterways through bioremediation.
Negrete is a founding member of the Mexico Without Plastic Alliance and has been participating since last November in passing reforms to the General Law for the Prevention and Integral Management of Waste.
Ríos Limpios has removed 350 tons of garbage from bodies of water in eight states. Most famously, the group intervened to clean the legendary lake of Xochimilco, Madin Dam, Valle de Bravo, Boca del Río, Bacalar and Chapala.
Some 60% of Yucatecan cenotes, water-filled caverns that dot the peninsula, have some degree of pollution, according to Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi, director of the Grosjean Expedition group. His organization gathers scuba-divers and other volunteers to remove trash from area cenotes the old-fashioned way — with lots of elbow grease.