AguaClara Begins Construction of a New Water Plant in Nicaragua

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Aug 28, 2017 3:47:21 PM

The lack of adequate, clean water is a challenge that conventional mechanized water treatment technologies fail to address in smaller cities and towns in Latin America. In response to this crisis, Monroe Weber-Shirk founded AguaClara at Cornell University in 2005. “The need for resilient, climate-friendly water treatment technologies is mind-boggling, with perhaps 3 billion people who don’t have access to reliable and safe water on tap,” Weber-Shirk stated. A multi-disciplinary program at Cornell, AguaClara designs water systems that are committed to long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Currently, AguaClara’s water treatment plants serve over 50,000 people.

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Thanks to the efforts of the Honduran organization, Agua Para el Pueblo, the U.S. nonprofit organization, Water For People, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,construction began in Nicaragua on August 1st in La Concordia. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is financing the technology transfer and construction, while Water For People is financing improvements to the water transmission line from the source to La Concordia’s plant. Civil engineers from Agua Para el Pueblo designed the facility and will train Nicaraguan counterparts on plant design, construction, and operation - adding another level of sustainability to the project.

agua_clara_02.jpgWeber-Shirk has high hopes for AguaClara and its impact globally although he has “learned that it requires years of developing relationships and building consensus.” However, progress is on the horizon; AguaClara, LLC is in the process of establishing a New York State 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and “AguaClara Reach” will build alliance organizations to help spread the word about AguaClara’s technologies and its mission.

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Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

Topics: New Urbanism in Nicaragua