AguaClara a Recipient of the 2012/2013 EPA P3 Grant

Cornell's AguaClara team received a $15K grant to improve its water filtration process for sustainable drinking water infrastructure...


by Shirley Qian

AguaClara is an engineering team at Cornell that designs sustainable water treatment systems for communities that may not be able to afford a conventional water treatment system. The AguaClara water treatment systems are powered by gravity, thereby needing no electricity, and are scalable to fit the needs of specific communities.

The team has already built water treatment plants in eight communities in Honduras, and the plants deliver water quality that exceeds the World Health Organization health guidelines. During this winter break, an AguaClara team will be visiting Honduras again to check the conditions of existing plants to perform needed maintenance. The team will also be meeting with new communities that are interested in AguaClara's water treatment options. You can follow the team's progress on their blog.

Construction at the Marcala, Honduras, water treatment plant. Cornell engineering students are making efforts to bring clean water to rural Latin American villages in Honduras.

Last year, AguaClara received a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue research and development of its stacked rapid sand filter, an "efficient, inexpensive, and fully hydraulic unit process for municipal-scale water treatment." The grant was given as part of the EPA P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet.

For more information about the P3 Award, follow this link.

For more information about AguaClara, check out their homepage


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