Note: This course has been postponed until 2017. If you are interested, please review the information below that describes the workhop and application process. Send us an email so that we can let you know when it is rescheduled.

In the meantime, check out the video from the 2016 Thailand Workshop coordinated by Aqueous Solutions.

Is this course fro you?


This course is designed for participants with some technical background in chemistry, environmental science and engineering, etc., and relevant practical experience in household/community water-sanitation-hygiene (WASH). We encourage participants from development/relief government agency and (I-)NGO workers, WASH practitioners, and university students and faculty in related fields to attend.

The course will involve substantial physical labor in addition to more sedentary lecture/discussion activities. Participants need to be physically fit for performing manual labor tasks outdoors in a warm, dry (semi-desert) climate and high altitude (200m/6,500ft+) environment, and need to be confident in the use of hand and power tools for working with bamboo, wood, metal and plumbing.


Spots are limited in this workshop to ensure that all participants receive ample hands-on experience with each aspect of the training and a high level of interaction with the course instructors. To secure a spot you must complete BOTH of the following steps:

  1. Submit a completed application (details below) along with a resume/CV and letter of support from your organization, supervisor, or academic advisor to:  You will be notified of acceptance within approximately one week of receipt of your complete application.
  2. If your application is accepted, you will be provided a link to make the payment of the course tuition (US-1,250) via Paypal or Credit Card. When we receive your payment – in full – your spot in the workshop will be secured. [Please note: We recommend that you DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL until you have received confirmation from us (1) that your spot is secured, and (2) that sufficient enrollment has been obtained for workshop commencement. ]

Early bird discount tuition of US-$1,100 available for registrants prior to March 31, 2016.

Cost covers food and housing during the workshop, along with all instruction and project materials.  Participants are responsible for travel to and from San Miguel de Allende.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations made prior to June 12, 2016 (six weeks in advance of the workshop) will receive a refund minus US-$125 administrative fee. We cannot offer refunds after June 12, 2016.  However, we will allow you to transfer your course reservation to someone on the waiting list. The transfer payment must be arranged between you and the other party.


Q1 (max. 600 words)

Please provide a brief biographical sketch, highlighting your background in environmental science and engineering, research accomplishments and publications (if applicable), as well as any relevant field experience(s) in community water supply and treatment.  Please highlight any specific experience with (a) biochar or bone char (generation technologies, feedstocks, scale; environmental applications of biochar or bone char; research projects and publications, etc.), (b) water supply (e.g., gravity flow systems, pumps, well drilling, rainwater harvesting, etc.), (c) solar-PV power systems, and (d) other water treatment systems (e.g., point-of-use systems, biosand filters, UV disinfection, etc.).

Q2 (max. 300 words)

How will you apply the training you receive in this workshop? Please be as specific and quantitative as possible.

 Letter of Support: Please provide a brief statement from your organization/agency, supervisor, academic advisor, etc., as appropriate, in support of you attending this workshop.

 Please send these materials along with a copy of your CV or resume as attachments via email denoted in the subject line “special topics in water supply & treatment workshop” to