NUTSHELL

We have set out to develop a low-cost water filter that can make domestic sewage usable for irrigation needs.

LOCATION
  • Prototype in Cantagallo, Manab√≠, Ecuador
PROJECT STATUS
  • Lab tests finished to determine local contaminants, engineering in concept phase
PROJECT NEEDS
Permaculture expertise on organic waste water filtration, funding to carry out more laboratory testing and to implement prototype solutions
BENEFICIARIES
  • Bocavaldivia Foundation
WEBSITE
  • www.bocavaldivia.earth
YEAR

2020

OUR CONTRIBUTION

When volunteering for a landscape transformation project in rural Ecuador, we noticed an acute shortage of water, combined with absolutely no reuse of wastewaters. We assembled a mixed team of both local stakeholders and international experts to tackle the engineering challenge. Since we are not technical engineers, we enrolled technical engineers from the Airbus Humanity Lab and Xylem Watermark into our project. We are assuming project management responsibilities, are seeking alternative funding opportunities, and are developing a dissemination strategy for this innovative filter solution that maximizes positive impact on nature and communities.

The project is currently on hold because our local contacts have moved on to other projects during the pandemic, and we are trying to reconnect with the community.