We offer a range of services to help project developers implement our water treatment technologies. They include feasibility studies, design, training and technical services for full-scale projects, and licensing opportunities to build individual components or entire plants en masse. We also offer environmental engineering consulting services for water and wastewater treatment projects of all shapes and sizes (currently only in the US).
When selecting the appropriate treatment technology, there are several things to keep in mind. The technologies are best suited for municipalities and communities with:
100 - 10,000 households
Access to surface water or a lowland sanitary well
Turbidity at the water source (bacterial and/or pathogenic contamination)
Access to a pipeline distribution system (direct to households or public taps)
Limited or no access to electricity
Take note that while the technologies are designed to provide safe water on tap, we do not build pipeline distribution systems ourselves. A distribution system must either already be in place or under development to ensure that the community will get the most value out of our water treatment plant.
If you are seeking to build a full-scale water treatment plant that meets the above conditions, there are a number of things we can do to help you realize that project.
Making sure our technology is being implemented in the right context is absolutely essential. That's why every project we get involved in begins with a feasibility study.
- Water quality assessment: when no current and reliable water quality data exists, we assess the water source quality at multiple points over a period of time (ideally overlapping dry and rainy seasons) to ensure the consistent presence of turbidity.
- Site evaluation: next we evaluate the geography surrounding the community to identify the most ideal location to build the plant. This depends on land requirements, elevation, proximity to the distribution tank, etc.
- Distribution network and governance: we also look at the robustness of the existing water distribution system and how it is governed. While we do not repair damaged pipelines or intervene with local governing bodies that create inequities or other issues with how water is distributed among the population, these are factors that seriously undermine the effectiveness of any new project. Therefore, we work to identify them and provide recommendations for action.
- Partner vetting: we also make an assessment of any partners we may need to work with in order to execute the project - typically in the role of construction, community mobilization, and WASH education.
Our technology will not always be the most appropriate for any given situation. That is why we also offer this service a la carte (without a contract to build a full-scale plant) and recommend alternative technologies when they are deemed more suitable.
After we have completed our assessment and identified the project site, our engineers begin working on the design of the system and the structure of the treatment plant in collaboration with our implementation partners.
No two plants are the same, and we are constantly integrating improvements in our designs as they emerge from the labs at Cornell. The design process can therefore take our engineers many hours to complete. We attempt to set our billable rate at a level that is both competitive at the local level (where the project is being implemented) while also reflecting the top-tier training and specialized expertise our engineers possess.
While the plant is under construction, we hold training sessions with both the governing body of the local water system and plant operator candidates from the community. Our systems are designed for simplicity, and to this point we've never failed to identify multiple operators from any given community who were capable of managing a treatment plant on his or her own.
When construction is finished and the most high potential candidates have been identified, on-the-job training takes place over a period of 3-6 months until at least two operators have demonstrated mastery over the system with limited or no direction.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Immediately after the plant goes live, we begin assessing it's performance and engaging in troubleshooting when necessary. Our goal is to determine the system's ability to treat water from the source to the WHO's highest standard for safe drinking water on a consistent basis - during both the dry and rainy seasons. The length of this evaluation period will vary depending on when those seasons take place (if there is a seasonal cycle). Monitoring & Evaluation takes place concurrently with the operators' on-the-job training.
AguaClara LLC is seeking out partners in the WASH sector who share our vision of expanding access to safe water on tap through affordable, community-scale, non-electric technologies. Governments, NGOs, engineering firms, manufacturers, and others are all welcome to inquire about the opportunity to be trained in our design methodology and fabrication techniques.
We are particularly interested in finding partners who are interested in mass producing the two most unique components of the treatment system:
These components can function as stand-alone systems or be plugged into other treatment trains.
We will provide our partners with the resources they need to continue to develop and mass-produce these technologies, however, the designs are built on an open source automated design tool under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 4.0 license. Therefore, the use of these designs and must fall under the same purview.
This lies at the heart of our mission to spread the best technologies to the people who need them with as few obstacles as possible. This also makes working with us a more affordable option for you: not only are there no patent costs to pass on, but if you are able to master the fabrication and implementation processes by the end of your contract with us, you can continuing producing the technology on your own terms.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571.295.6153 to inquire about fabrication training.
Beyond our work to implement and disseminate our own technologies, our engineers are here to help you make the most of our your projects, too. Whether it has to do with technology selection, lab test evaluation, hydrology, retrofitting, or overcoming a variety of engineering issues, we offer our expertise to support successful outcomes on water and wastewater projects of all kinds.
*At this time, we only offer consulting services for projects within the United States.
Contact us at email@example.com or call 571.295.6153 to inquire about consulting.