July 13, 2015
Since before we broke ground on Tres Santos, we’ve heard from prospective residents, townspeople and others who are curious how we plan to create a residential community people will enjoy without detracting from the historic town we love. One question we’re frequently asked is how we plan to provide water for the residents of Tres Santos without putting a strain on Todos Santos’s water supply. It’s an extremely important question—Todos Santos is built upon a delicate ecosystem, and Baja Sur, like much of Mexico and California, has experienced water shortages in recent years.
We knew these challenges existed before we began our planning and development phases, so we worked with environmentalists, engineers and the Todos Santos municipality to come up with a multi-phase plan that ensures Tres Santos water sustainability. This plan has enabled us to make a commitment that no water will be taken from the citizens of Todos Santos.
Here’s what we’re doing:
1. Expanded Municipal Water Source
As property owners in Todos Santos, we were given the option to use water directly from the town’s water supply, but we knew this might burden the water system. So instead we paid up front for the municipality to bring in extra water for us to use until we’re able to complete our desalination plant in early 2016.
2. Wastewater Treatment
Meanwhile, we’re in the process of building a wastewater treatment plant that will allow us to turn our gray water, water used at Tres Santos, into source for landscaping irrigation at the Town Farm. All water will be sent to the wastewater treatment plant and used for landscaping only.
How will the sewage changes in Town Farm will be funded? The occupants of Tres Santos will be Todos Santos residents and will pay city taxes that should more than offset the cost of the sewage services. In fact, these city taxes will bring in enough new funding to allow for infrastructure improvements throughout Todos Santos, as needed and desired by the city.
Some people wonder whether our desalination plant , scheduled for completion early next year, will pull from the underground aquifer on the beach. Absolutely not, nor will we pull water from the ocean, as this can be harmful to our marine life. The water we desalinate will come from 30 meters under the beach adjacent to Tres Santos property.
With this type of desalination, the salt will be returned to the ground below the well, rather than the ocean, so as not to disrupt the natural ecological balance. San Diego is developing a similar plant to responsibly help manage the drought conditions in California.
We’ve worked closely with environmental experts, local regulators and engineers to make sure our water plan for Tres Santos is responsible and sustainable. We’ll provide more information about our plans in the coming days and weeks, but if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you. Stop by The HUB or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you!