The Delicate Thread That Binds: The sun, the rain, technology and the East Cape dream.

On the South East Cape, the sun is our constant companion. For this reason, state of the art solar technology for home use is the common denominator.

The Baja Peninsula receives electricity from the petroleum powered electric plants. Pockets of this peninsula are hooked on to the grid. Remaining expanse of desert and coastline is open territory for development and implementation of solar powered energy.

In today´s world, man has created ways to harness the energy from the sun with solar cells within solar voltaic panels designed for sunlight absorbsion and converting it to 110 volt electric energy, The type of electric we use in our East Cape homes.

In a positive way, the folks living in homes on the South East Cape are setting the standard and enjoying the use of sun power in their daily lives virtually every day of the year.

Today’s technology opens the door to sophisticated home construction and state of the art power stations offering complete comfort and virtually unlimited amounts of electricity to the East Cape homeowner.

The local contractors, engineers and architects are capable of mapping out preconstruction designs for a home with integrated systems connecting the plumbing, pump systems, desalinization of sea water, swimming pools and spas.

Filtered water is stored in underground concrete lined cisterns. Whisper quiet propane powered generators connected to computer controlled systems operate on demand automatically and supplies back-up power for the home and recharges the gel cell batteries simultaneously. The complete home power system requires virtually no maintenance.

The initial cost to set up a solar powered system is determined by the pre-established amount of energy the homeowner plans to use.

Our rain is liquid gold.

Every East Cape homeowner must concern themselves with the installation of a proper septic system for waste water management.

Water from your sinks, via the kitchen and bathroom can be beneficial if routed to drain into your gardens.  For your toilets, your contractor will know the waste water systems that meet the Mexican Federal wastewater discharge standards for the coastal zones.

A seasoned East Cape contractor knows that there are regulations and standards set forth by the National Commission of water and the Environmental Protection Agency.  However, it is important to do a bit of research on the choices and which septic system will work best for the area within your property where you plan on placing it.  Be aware that no holding tanks for black water leach lines should be installed. This type of system, potentially, can contaminate the delicate aquifer.

One of the world’s most unique ecosystems exists in San Jose del Cabo.

Presently, the South East Cape resident receives their water via the old well located just east of downtown San Jose del Cabo. Water trucks are delivering water to the communities located between La Laguna, 4 miles east of San Jose, to Bahia Terranova, 15 miles up the coast road.

The price for a truck load of 2,000 gallons, costs between $85.00 and $150.00 USD depending on the distance.  As the demand for water increases, we see the water trucks working more hours, sun up to sundown delivering water.
Vinorama, a cottage community located 24 miles to the north east has several wells which supply water to that area.

 

How can it be that water exists underground along the East Cape?

The East Cape is crisscrossed with active, underground streams that were formed over the centuries and are the drainage fields from higher ground, stretching across the desert from the mountains into the Sea of Cortez a delicate balance of land and sea.

At first glance, it is hard to imagine that an aquifer exists beneath us. However, the summer’s sufficient amount of rainwater flows down the mountains in streams and rivers and drains into the underground tunnels and by gravity, flows to the sea in every direction.

Local mountains define our seasons, distributes our rain water. 

The local mountain range has an effect on our weather. The wind flows horizontally along the mountains running north to south. This effect creates offshore breezes for San Jose in the wintertime. Drainage of cold air from the north running along the eastern slopes helps to stabilize the wind direction and creates perfect wind and Kite-surfing conditions in the Los Frailes and La Ribera areas.

In the summer months, a northwest flow over Todos Santos and the Pacific Coast keeps the air temperature about 12 degrees cooler compared to the east side, San Jose and the East Cape.

Picacho, our highest peak, stands 5,200 ft. above sea level and overlooks the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.  The shady side of this mountain peak is graced with old oak trees, exotic ferns and mini palms. Rock formations are majestic and in Autumn, graceful waterfalls create delicate cascades of water that flow out of the mountainside, then disappears underground beneath the desert floor.

In the summer months the clouds build up above the mountains and rain commences.  The mountain areas receive about 12 to 15 inches of rain, while the valley catches about 5 to 7 inches.  From the desert north of Todos Santos all the way around to La Ribera, the rain water fans out off the mountain slopes in a radius by way of the hillside canyons and arroyos and finally underground into the aquifer and through a maze of underground fissures, fractures and caves, reaches the final destination into the sea.

The Oysters are recipients of the fresh water that seeps up through the sea floor into the Oyster beds located just outside of the tidal zone. This natural phenomenon is absolutely necessary for the Oyster’s existence.

Because this aquifer runs beneath us, our homes, hotels and highways, we must be aware of it, but more importantly, it’s delicate nature and the very reason for it’s existence.

An active conservation effort of our precious resources is of utmost importance.

We must all be active to do our part by implementing conservatory measures. This starts with knowledge, awareness, then good stewardship. On everyone’s part.

Mankind keeps marching on.

Development will continue on a broad scale, but perhaps through public awareness and education we can all be influenced in a positive, meaningful way the priority of mentally placing protection and conservation of the environment  first in pre-planning all future development.

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