Creation date: 2003
Location: Ciudad de México
Sector of activity: Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing · Energy, utilities and environment
Social issue: Environment and rural settings
One of the biggest challenges facing cities is the availability of water for providing more green areas. Leonardo Rico Fernández, founder of Lluvia Sólida, has found what could be a solution to this problem. "A biodegradable polymer, capable of solidifying up to 500 times is weight in water once it is wet. This creates a water reserve in the roots of any plant, crop, vegetable or garden," explains Leonardo.
Thanks to this innovative idea, water wasted by infiltration is reduced, plants do not suffer from hydric stress, the soil is oxygenated and the plant environment remains damp. The polymer has a useful life of 10 years, so the increase in crop productivity also has to be taken into account. Leonardo estimates that thanks to Lluvia Sólida the frequency of watering can be reduced by up to 90%.
Lluvia Sólida was created in 2003. Leonardo recalls that there was a great deal of trial and error involved in the development of the polymer: "There was research and fine tuning on certain aspects of the polymer so that it could be used without problems on any type of plant, crop, etc., without altering the soil, water, or green area."