AguaClara is a multi-disciplinary program at Cornell University that designs sustainable water treatment systems committed to long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Our gravity-powered, electricity-free technology is scalable to fit the needs of communities with populations between 1500 and 25,000. Water treatment plants built using AguaClara technologies currently provide clean water to approximately 50,000 people.
The AguaClara Difference
Our plants are both cheaper and more reliable for communities by using gravity and mechanical devices to operate.
AguaClara communities avoid risks of failure or shut-down that plague projects dependent upon proprietary expertise and supplies.
Our plants are specifically designed to be constructed using materials and labor that are able to be locally-sourced.
Up-to-date plant designs are freely available and customizable using the open-source AguaClara Automated Design Tool. Download designs here.
AguaClara came about when the Program Director, Monroe Weber-Shirk, took on a water project in Latin America.
The project expanded as the extent of the challenge to provide clean water and the lack of adequate means of facing this challenge became apparent: The realization that conventional mechanized water treatment was not a sustainable option for many small cities and towns drove the desire to start a program that would innovate, expand, and develop new and improved water treatment technologies.
In 2005, the AguaClara Program was founded at Cornell University. In 2006 Agua Para el Pueblo began constructing the first AguaClara Plant in Ojojona, Honduras.