Safe water is free of biological pathogens (aka: “bacteria”), which are a principal cause of childhood mortality as well as the number one cause of water related illness and death globally. Today, more than 2.1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water.
Our certified Ceramic Filter is affordable, extremely effective at eliminating biological pathogens, and can be adapted to most any container. The Ceramic Filter is about the size and weight of a liter of bottled water, but can produce upwards of 30,000 liters of safe drinking water over its 5-year life. The Ceramic Filter is a crucial final component in most of our water treatment systems, to assure that water is fit to drink. Recent improvements will make our Ceramic Filter even more versatile — for wider adoption by NGOs throughout Mexico and for emergency relief throughout Latin America.
Improving our Ceramic Filter Design
Disaster struck Mexico in 2017. First, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake and hurricane Katia rocked the southern part of the country – destroying buildings and infrastructure, displacing families, and disrupting water supplies. On the tail of those events, a second tremendous earthquake hit central Mexico, devastating Mexico City and the surrounding region – toppling buildings and killing hundreds. We were able to have a limited response to these disasters. Show more
Thanks to our relationship with Concern America, who build and distribute our ceramic filters as part of their clean water programming in Chiapas, we were able to support a partner organization in a small community called San Juan in Southern Mexico. The community was cut-off from its water source and turned to drinking water from a filthy, stagnant lagoon. Immediate health effects were seen in the children. Due to the urgency of this situation, Caminos de Agua reached out to Bruno Morales, the Project Coordinator for Chiapas. Together, we were able to get all 23 families in the community ceramic filters quickly.
Our reach during these disasters was, to be quite honest… disappointing. Despite our ability to reach the families of San Juan, there were 10s of thousands more we were unable to help. The ceramic filter technology is sound, but the current design is limiting. To make the filter useable requires training and time – a luxury not afforded in most emergency situations.
We are diligently working on improvements that will make our ceramic filter adaptable to any container, with no experience or specialty tools needed, and ready to filter water in under five minutes. This will position our filter for wider adoption by NGOs throughout Mexico, but more importantly, for widespread emergency relief throughout Latin America.
Our Project Map
We use our ceramic filters as the final stage in dozens of rainwater harvesting projects we have implemented throughout the Alto Laja Watershed. We also work with partners all over the country to bring families safe drinking water through our ceramic filter distribution projects and sales.
Learn more about our work with ceramic filters, or our community-led rainwater harvesting projects, on our project map.
Certifications and Independent Laboratory Studies
- Ceramic Filter: User Instructions
- Technical Specifications & Summary
Caminos de Agua Pilot Studies & In-house Research
Independent Academic Research