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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.