Aguadapt - All Waters. All People.
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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. As gravity pulls contaminated water through the ceramic filter, the pores, while controlling the flow rate, exclude solid particles and large bacteria. Colloidal silver kills the remaining microorganisms. The water then passes through the refillable cartridge full of high-temperature biochar, which physically adsorbs organic chemicals, producing water that’s usually fit to drink. However, if a water source has other contaminants, you can easily connect multiple media cartridges designed to target the locally-relevant toxins. We currently manufacture the ceramic cartridges at scale, are prototyping the universal adapter, and beginning to design the biochar cartridge.
In September we found out that Aguadapt was nominated as a national finalist for the James Dyson Award, Mexico. The award “celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers” and supports young designers and engineers designing solutions to the modern world’s problems. To apply, we had to complete a rigorous application, provide clear visual information of our design, and submit a video entry. Thanks to late night efforts from team members Stephan Calvet, Alvaro Gutierrez, Melissa Landman, and Aaron Krupp, we pulled together a complete application in the ten-day window we had after finding out late that the Dyson Award would open, for the first time ever, in Mexico.
Up against projects including a talking headband and an aesthetic soap dish, Aguadapt – along with our new friends at Azcatl and Bermuda, projects dedicated to sustainable harvesting of ant pupae and distillation of sea water respectively – was nominated to advance from Mexico to the international round of judging! According to team member Melissa Landman, being part of the Dyson Award, “was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with the Tech Team and meet passionate young inventors.” Unfortunately, we were not selected as an international finalist, but this won’t stop us from moving forward with developing Aguadapt, a low-cost, gravity driven system for making the majority of the world’s surface waters potable.
Participating in the Dyson Award has given us at Caminos de Agua a media platform on which to share our technology development and ideas. Among other publications, Aguadapt has recently been featured in Expansión in alliance with CNN, the Monterrey Tech’s Tec Review, A.M. León, and Forbes, along with an appearances on national radio with Eddy Warman and Radio San Miguel. Although Aguadapt is not yet a marketable product, we are investing heavily in its development because of its potential as a low-cost water solution for people drinking out of rivers, streams, reservoirs, and lakes worldwide.
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