Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Environmental Analysis
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

AguaClara Expands Water Efforts to India

Published: Friday, August 09, 2013
Last Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Student engineers of AguaClara at Cornell are expanding their efforts to another continent.

Two AguaClara facilities, under construction in the state of Jharkhand, India, are expected to be completed this fall.

Since its founding in 2005, AguaClara has worked to bring cost-effective, municipal-scale water treatment technologies to communities in Honduras, where more than half the population cannot access safe water. They have partnered with the Honduran nonprofit Agua Para el Pueblo to provide designs and transfer the water treatment technologies to communities.

In 2012 AguaClara was tapped by the newly formed Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition (TACO-AN) to improve the lives of villagers in remote parts of India. TACO-AN was founded through a $25 million endowment from the Tata Trusts, chaired by Ratan Tata ’59, B.Arch. ’62.

In November 2012, AguaClara LLC, a spinoff engineering services firm started by several Cornell alumni, was incorporated. TACO-AN has contracted with AguaClara LLC to deliver essential water treatment technologies to specific Indian communities, said Monroe Weber-Shirk, senior lecturer in civil and environmental engineering and AguaClara’s founder and leader.

AguaClara LLC is working with the Indian nonprofit Pradan on two water treatment facilities, one in the village of Gufu, and another in Ronhe. Maysoon Sharif ’10, M.Eng. ’11, is a design engineer and co-owner of AguaClara LLC (the other owner is Sarah Long ’09). Sharif has been in India since May overseeing the implementation of AguaClara technologies in the water treatment projects, which have required further innovation because the context of the water problems in India is different, Sharif said.

“The communities were much smaller than we’ve dealt with before, and the sources for water distribution were shallow groundwater instead of surface water like in Honduras,” Sharif said.

In India, AguaClara LLC is piloting what’s called a low flow stacked rapid sand filter, coupled with a chemical dose controller that automatically keeps the dose of water treatment chemicals consistent. The sand filter is a scaled-down version of one in use in Honduras, which was invented by AguaClara at Cornell and requires only a fraction of the area of a rapid sand filter, Sharif said.

In the Indian villages, a solar-powered pump will lift water to an AguaClara facility atop an overhead water storage tank, Sharif said. The raw water will be dosed precisely with coagulant, using the chemical dose controller, then divided among three sand filters and, finally, treated with chlorine using the dose controller again.

TACO-AN is funding AguaClara LLC’s role in the projects, and Tata Trusts is funding the implementation of the solar pumping system, AguaClara treatment facilities, water tanks and distribution systems.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 5,000+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.


Scientific News
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria In America's Water System
Antibiotic resistant bacteria live inside drinking water distribution systems blamed for rising healthcare costs.
Washing Clothes Releases Microplastic Particles
Research suggests that over 700,000 microfibres could be released in waste water with every run of a domestic washing machine.
Atmosphere Acidity Minimised to Preindustrial Levels
Sheet ice study shows acidic pollution of the atmosphere has now almost returned to preindustrial levels.
Detecting Hazardous Substances in Water
Scientists develop device for the rapid analysis for hazardous substance content in liquids.
Water Dynamics Affect Coral Reefs
Understanding what aids or degrades these ecosystems can help focus conservation efforts on reefs that are most likely to survive global warming.
Environmental Impact of GM Crops
Following the adoption of GM crops, insecticide usage decreases but herbicide use increases, study shows.
Impact of Emerging Contaminants in Our Water Supply
Emerging contaminants, any synthetic or naturally occurring chemical not commonly monitored in the environment, in our water supply are becoming of increasing concern due to their potential ecological and/or human health effects.
Study Finds Mercury Contamination Across Western N. America
BRI research results found widespread mercury contamination at various levels across Western North America.
Device Improves Measurement of Water Pollution
Researchers have developed a device that makes it easier to measure contaminant levels in water.
Changing Ocean Chemistry Due To Human Activity
More anthropogenic carbon in the northeast Pacific means weaker shells for many marine species.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
5,000+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!