As Guadalajara has expanded, the extraordinary population growth within the outer zones of the city has outpaced the reach of municipal infrastructure that treats and delivers clean water.
In many of these communities, the local aqueduct is polluted with toxic chemicals. Natural reservoirs and groundwater are stagnant, impure and unsuitable for any use. High exposure to chemical contaminants and infectious disease pose serious health risks to the families and workers in these areas.
Most families in the Huizachera community are brickmakers. The traditional process of making bricks requires a great deal of water and is, in itself, a source of air and soil pollution.
Those who live and work in Huizachera and other zones outside of the city are at a higher risk of developing cancer, tuberculosis, and a plethora of skin and respiratory diseases.