UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON - DR. ILAN ADLER

Dr. Adler's student, Ayisha Paw, primes the passive solar pump at Caminos de Agua for the first time. 

Dr. Adler's student, Ayisha Paw, primes the passive solar pump at Caminos de Agua for the first time. 

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.  

 

 

EWB - UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON

Members of EWB-UCL, Caminos de Agua, and San Antonio de Lourdes celebrate the completion of their first rainwater system together.

Members of EWB-UCL, Caminos de Agua, and San Antonio de Lourdes celebrate the completion of their first rainwater system together.

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.