The AguaClara team at Cornell University is conducting basic research to create robust technologies for drinking water treatment that will be both ecologically and economically sustainable. Our innovative designs are appropriate for both resource poor communities and for forward thinking communities everywhere.
AguaClara plants are designed to treat turbid surface waters at the municipal scale. They are built by local labor using local materials, and they don't require any electricity. AguaClara partners with local institutions, who design, build, operate, and train the operators to ensure long term sustainability. AguaClara plants have a one-time construction and capacity-building cost of $15 to $30 per person served. The annual fee for operation and maintenance is approximately $2 per person.
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