Waterways - Newsletter Caminos de Agua (Vol. 1, Issue 2)
Chantal Kronenburg
International Volunteer Day

December 5th has been designated as International Volunteer Day. Over the last year, the number of volunteers involved in our work has grown, and we would like to thank each of you for believing in our work and mission to make safe, healthy, and accessible water a reality for many.

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Chantal Kronenburg
Aguadapt - All Waters. All People.

Our Research and Technology Development Team was named a finalist in the Mexican James Dyson Award for our proposed water filter system, Aguadapt. For ~$30 USD, Aguadapt lasts for over four years, removes organic chemicals and 99.9999% of all pathogens, is easily installed in common containers, and can be adapted to treat other contaminants.

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Chantal Kronenburg
Step Up To The Water Issue Challenge
Chantal Kronenburg
Waterways - Newsletter Caminos de Agua (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

Read on to learn more about our work philosophyrainwater harvesting programs in local communities, and how our groundwater treatment system will enable us to move from serving hundreds of families to thousands. Additionally, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our staff and learn more about our private water testing services and fundraising campaigns.

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Jenn Ungemach
Caminos de Agua attended the first national conference on rainwater harvesting

In mid November, two representatives from Caminos de Agua traveled to Guadalajara for the first ever annual Mexican rainwater harvesting system conference (1er congreso de captación de agua de lluvia). Elena Diek (a former volunteer now working on her master's thesis) and Aaron Krupp (our Research and Technology Development Coordinator) set up a table to promote our educational materials and ceramic water filters. 

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Jenn Ungemach
Leadership and water

The JWH initiative recognized staff member Saúl Juárez’s environmental leadership in 2016 with a €2500 prize to be dedicated exclusively to his professional development. The grant submitted solicited funding for Saúl to learn from diverse organizations and the work they do.

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Jenn Ungemach
Caminos de Agua wishes you a happy thanksgiving!

Thank you for standing by our side!
While the roots of Thanksgiving Day may be in the United States, the act of giving thanks is global. Today, we take a moment to share some of the reasons we have to be thankful as Caminos de Agua.

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Jenn Ungemach
Three new volunteers join our research and technology development team

Caminos de Agua’s research and technology development team (tech team) just got bigger! The Tech Team carries out the research to improve our current technologies as well as design new technologies based on the needs of the communities in our watershed. The research can be tedious – our biochar removal experiments often require 24-hour attention for example – but are solutions that ignite scientists’ and engineers’ imagination and creativity.

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Jenn Ungemach
Newsletter October 2017

Caminos de Agua consistently monitors the water quality situation in our watershed by testing hundreds of samples from wells and private residences; conducting interviews with community members on water access and tracking our projects. This year’s data (both quantitative and qualitative) makes the case that the situation is more urgent than ever since we are tracking more contaminated wells and water sources than ever. Our interviews reveal new levels of concern and desperation around water scarcity from community members.

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Jenn Ungemach
Working and singing together: communities unite to celebrate 64th rainwater harvesting system with Caminos de Agua

Dozens of members of the United Communities for Life and Water ('CUVA' in Spanish) coalition gathered together on September 15th in San José del Carmen to celebrate the completion of 15 rainwater harvesting systems in eight different communities with Caminos de Agua since July of this year.

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ProjectJenn Ungemach
Caminos de Agua and Casita Linda join forces

Casita Linda and Caminos de Agua have joined forces to work with the community of Palo Colorado to build six large-scale rainwater harvesting systems in five new homes built by Casita Linda as well as one in the community’s elementary school. The 12,000-liter capacity cisterns, combined with ceramic water filters, ensure that families and students will have access to safe and healthy drinking and cooking water year-round.

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ProjectJenn Ungemach
Guanajuato’s water crisis serves as the basis for a U.S. university course

During the first week of September, Caminos de Agua – a San Niguel based NGO – ran a six-day course for a group of students from Western Washington university in partnership with Jorge Catalan, a local liaison with the university.

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Jenn Ungemach
Disaster relief and project support for southern Mexico

September brought disaster to southern Mexico in the form of a 8.1 magnitude earthquake and hurricane Katia which destroyed buildings and infrastructure, displaced families, and disrupted water supplies. our thoughts are particular with the families who lost loved ones.

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Jenn Ungemach
Gravel, sand, and charcoal: learning how to build high-quality, low-cost water treatment systems

Last month, a diverse group came together at Caminos de Agua's field site for a three-day water-filter construction workshop. Participants came from the north (Chihuahua) and south (Chiapas) and from near (San Miguel, Mexico City) and far (the US, Colombia).

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Jenn Ungemach
Newsletter July 2017

The last months were absolutely, positively busy! Read more about our research updates, student-driven projects, our first 'rainjar', well bike-pump, rainwater harvesting calculator, and our evaluation of our ceramic water filter in the field after 3+ years.

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Jenn Ungemach
Fluoride removal research: we are now closer than ever to a fluoride filter system

As many of our supporters know, the Independence Aquifer region in Central Mexico where Caminos de Agua works is in a permanent state of decline and contaminated with dangerous levels of naturally-occurring arsenic and fluoride, which is leading to irreversible health impacts on long-term users. 

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Jenn Ungemach
Combatting excessive arsenic concentrations in groundwater

Caminos de Agua recently intensified its research on how to remove arsenic from heavily polluted groundwater. Martijn Eikelboom, our Dutch volunteer working on his thesis research, began a new round of experiments in march and is finalizing his research this week.

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Jenn Ungemach
Thanks to Dr. Mercola for continuing to support our efforts in Mexico

Mercola has recently recognized the work of Caminos de Agua. Many thanks to dr. Mercola for continuing to support our efforts in Mexico, especially at this time where it's needed most. Find the full article below.

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Jenn Ungemach
What do Chiapas, popular education and Saúl Juárez have in common?

These are the words of Saúl reflecting on his trip to Chiapas as part of his JWH initiative leadership prize.

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Jenn Ungemach