- Engineers Without Borders
- United Communities for Life and Water (CUVA)
- SECOPA - Community, Services, Pozo Ademado
- Aqueous Solutions
- EWB - University College of London
- University College of London - Dr. Ilan Adler
- Brandeis University - International Sustainable Development
- Northern Illinois University - Dr. Lenczewski
- Coalition in Defense of the Independence Aquifer
- IRRI Mexico
ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS - UK
Caminos de Agua has been working with Engineers Without Borders-UK (EWB-UK) on joint projects since 2013, and through the years, EWB-UK has become one of our most valued partners. Caminos de Agua has received EWB-UK volunteer placements since 2013. The 3-months placements, Javier Sierra (2013), Will Mitchell (2014), and Olivia Hobson (2015) have helped substantially push forward community projects, water quality work, and specifically the research, development and implementation of our ceramic water filter technologies and our biochar filtration medias.
In 2016, Caminos de Agua joined EWB-UK's Fellowship program. Through this initiative, professional Fellows - fully supported by EWB-UK - will now spend 6-months with Caminos de Agua and new placements will overlap, providing Caminos de Agua with nearly year-long, on-the-ground, technical support. You can follow the progress of our first EWB-UK Fellow, Billy Thurston, through his blog. Our second fellow, Sarah Mitchell (2016-17) has helped us move our fluoride remediation research forward invaluably. We are excited to work with our third EWB-UK Fellow, Simona Dossi (2017), when she arrives in June.
Along with the Fellowship Program, EWB-UK is a main partner of our summer school program: Sustainable Technologies in Action: Culture, Context and Design. Additionally, EWB-UK is also the umbrella organization for EWB-University College of London (below).
UNITED COMMUNITIES FOR LIFE AND WATER (CUVA)
Part of our vision is to not initiate projects directly with local communities, but rather work with grassroots organizations, organizers, and community coalitions. One of our most important community partners in recent years has been the United Communities for Life and Water (CUVA in Spanish). This coalition of more than a dozen communities meets monthly and is located in the heart of the "high-impact" zone of the watershed, where water access is extremely limited and water quality is by far the worst in theregion.
Working in partnership, we have been able to provide rainwater harvesting systems and filtration services to 10 communities in this coalition since 2015. Additionally, our first biochar filtration system was installed in Vergel de Guadalupe, a community that participates in the coalition.
SECOPA - COMMUNITY SERVICES, POZO ADEMADO
SECOPA (Servicios Comunitarios Pozo Ademado) is a grassroots organization located in Pozo Ademado -- one of the most affected communities in the region -- and is another one of our most important community partners. SECOPA works not only in Pozo Ademado, but with communities throughout the municipality of San Diego de la Unión.
Since 2011, Caminos de Agua has worked with almost a dozen communities in SECOPA's region, focusing largely on water quality analyses of community wells. Additionally, Carmen Castro - a SECOPA organizer and our main partner in the region - has set-up a small ceramic filter distribution center at SECOPA's headquarters in Pozo Ademado.
Starting in 2015, Caminos de Agua and SECOPA began rainwater harvesting training and implementation projects. To date, we have built systems in four communities and are hoping to expand that impact soon.
"Aqueous Solutions is consortium of research scientists, field engineers, and ecological designers working to promote livelihood security, environmental and economic sustainability, and local self-reliance through ecological design and appropriate technologies in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)."
In January 2016, Caminos de Agua executive director Dylan Terrell attended a training conducted by Aqueous Solutions in Thailand, on creating biochar for water treatment. Aqueous Solution's work in biochar water treatment in south and southeast Asia has informed our research on char-based media development for arsenic and fluoride remediation.
Specifically, Aqueous Solutions' Director of Science, Josh Kearns, and Sri Lanka Program Coordinator, Maia Fitzstevens, have acted as scientific advisors to Caminos de Agua from their respective positions at North Carolina State University.
EWB - UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON
Caminos de Agua has been working on rainwater harvesting systems with Engineers Without Borders - University College of London (EWB-UCL) since their first visit to the region in 2014. In 2016, Caminos de Agua and the EWB-UCL projects became fully integrated. Together, we have helped provide 11rainwater harvesting systems in two communities.
In total, the partnership is responsible for upkeep and community training of 24 rainwater harvesting systems in 13 different communities throughout the region. Fourteen of those are high-tech systems with integrated pumping and filtration located primarily in community schools. The majority of those were first installed by Dr. Ilan Adler of University College of London (see below), and use sediment, activated carbon, KDF, and a unique silver ion technology for filtration and disinfection - assuring the highest water quality possible for the schoolchildren. The additional 10 systems are Caminos de Agua's ferrocement model, which were installed in 2016.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON - DR. ILAN ADLER
Along with Dr. Adler's rainwater harvesting systems that Caminos de Agua helps to oversee with EWB-UCL, Dr. Adler and his students have provided an in-depth analysis of our ceramic water filters, which helped us achieve our log-six removal for pathogens.
Most recently, Caminos de Agua and Dr. Adler have teamed up again with the installation and monitoring of a passive solar water pump that needs neither electricity nor solar panels to function. This solar pump - originally invented and designed by Peter McKay - utilizes natural processes to pump water without the need for electricity. We believe that McKay's technology could be truly revolutionary for water supply in developing communities. The system is currently being prototyped at the Caminos de Agua research facility and is set to be installed at the San Cayetano Community Center later this year for further monitoring.
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY - INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY - DR. LENCZEWSKI
Caminos de Agua has been working with Dr. Melissa Lenczewski of the Hydrogeology Department and her students from Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2011 - making Dr. Lenczewski and NIU not only one of our most valued partners, but also our oldest partner. Together, we have collaborated on various projects, including: community well studies - leading to our water quality mapping, filter testing, adapter work, educational programs, and other local projects. Dr. Lenczewski continues to provide testing services free of charge for Caminos de Agua as well as on-going technical guidance.
COALITION IN DEFENSE OF THE INDEPENDENCE AQUIFER
Caminos de Agua has collaborated substantially with the Coalition in Defense of the Independence Aquifer (CODECIN) in the past. In September of 2013, the Coalition presented its case in front of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT), arguing that the contamination and over-exploitation of groundwater in the Independence Watershed region is in violation of the peoples' basic human rights. Caminos de Agua provided water quality analyses for local villages, partnerships with strategic international universities, and legal council to help build the PPT case between 2011 and 2013. Through 2015, Caminos de Agua was a major partner of CODECIN and provided rainwater harvesting projects with Coalition communities and secured funding for the operation of the coalition and for several community events for three straight years. While no longer actively involved in CODECIN, Caminos de Agua continues to respect their work and offers support where needed.
Caminos de Agua works with IRR Mexico on an international summer school program: Sustainable Technologies in Action: Culture, Context and Design.
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