Water Issues

Constructing massive water holding tanks at Tres Santos.

Aquifer Translation Report on the aquifer water shortage 2012!

(Predicted that water will run out of the aquifer in 5~ years from 2016)

November 2015: Link to official’s video interview regarding ‘irregularities’ by Tres Santos:  Taking Water with out Permits confirmed  by OOMSAPA


This Email exchange above from 2014 (obtained through CORA) shows that it’s clear that the #water plans that Tres Santos will be using for its Town Farm section and CSU campus was ALWAYS planned to come from the municipal system… and even worse: They’re STEALING precious municipal water, with no meter and no contract!

ESPANOL- AGUA en Todos Santos

The Todos Santos community has insufficient water resources to provide uninterrupted service for the current population, which is growing rapidly.  Our water supply is totally dependent on rainfall;  prolonged drought, a common phenomenon in Baja Sur, leads to feast or famine, something we have no control over. The conclusion here is obvious,- there is no available water for large scale development.

IMG_1102 IMG_1759Given the above, Tres Santos will have to provide all the water for its projected development, in excess of 4,400 dwellings, not to mention an organic farm, and an estimated seven workers and support personnel per new dwelling.  If this were to happen we would have over 30,000 new residents turning on the tap, seven times the current population. Tres Santos  said they would not use town water and yet they now have concessions for the first 66 homes. How did that happen?

Tres Santos has promised to provide all the water needed for their development by constructing a desalinazation plant, yet to be constructed or permitted, which would have to produce a minimum of 2,000,000 gallons per day.  This is a major undertaking in an environmentally sensitive area, that is strongly opposed by the local fishermen and many others.

We challenge Tres Santos Development to make all Permits public 

as  full ‘Transparency’ is stated as Tres Santos public relation policy. 

– Water ‘applications/permits or concessions’ and  all usage including SAPA, Ejido & CONAGUA and for Desal

– Where is Tres Santos obtaining water at the construction site?

– Where will they be obtaining water at the Beach and at CSU area?

– What water will the CSU Research Farm utilize, how will it be supplied?

– Waste water treatment, site, size, plan for treated water, costs to operate?


DeSal Issues:

One of Tres Santos’ proposed solutions to the water crisis in Todos Santos is to build a desal plant. 
In Cabo, more than 30 desal plants now operate. Almost all of them of them are privately run. Near the Diamante resort in Cabo (about 60KM south of Todos Santos),  the water authority OOMSAPA runs a desal plant.
At this plant, ocean waves completely severed the plant’s outflow pipes that once discharged brine 600 meters out to sea.  For more than three years, millions of gallons of briny water laden with salt and chemical by-products from the desal process have flowed across the sand. Kids play in the brine discharge. When turtles lay their eggs, the nests are often washed away by the outflows.
The pipe flows today, unprepared. Tres Santos has said that the design of it’s desal plant will be “different,” and avoid all these problems.
Considering the spectacular engineering failure of the Tres Santos hotel seawall at Punta Lobos, Truth Santos challenges the developer. 
Make public the plans for your desal plant. Where will it be built? What kind of technology will it use? Who will the contractor be?
Show the citizens of Todos Santos the Environmental impact Reports, in English AND Spanish.
This link has factual information about when Cabo’s OOMSAPA desal plant was installed, chemicals used, quantity of population served, capacity, technology and other data.   http://www.inima.es/es/idam_cabos_mexico
Tres Santos made public their desal plant in July, 2015 – https://tressantosbaja.com/tres-santos-desalination-plant/

We are asking for all applications/permits/concessions for a DeSal Plant be for public  disclosure.

– Is giving permission for a desal plant to Tres Santos ultimately depriving Todos Santos of having a desal plant because of the potential for restrictions to the number of desal plants in a given geographic area?

– Has ‘Tres Santos’ destroyed beach habitat and protected red mangrove to put in sea walls and platforms to build on without having a firm permit to build a desal plant?
– How much water will be provided for the 4,472  homes plus hotels and workers?  How much  is needed per day?
– What will it cost to build a plant, how much to operate the plant?
– What are the Environmental damage and loss of habitat issues?
(Marine life, Endangered Turtles, Whales, Bait fish, Sardines and Traditional Fishermen’s livelihoods, etc…) With south facing discharge?
– What size will they have to build to have a desal plant of sufficient capacity?
– Where will the electric power come from, and what pollution will that add to the environment?
– What is the financial resource to build and operate a desal plant for the thousands of people that would eventually live, work and visit at their development?
Why DeSal is not a good alternative:
Articles about Water in California and Baja California:
Desal units:
Water Hogs: