Caminos de Agua
We’re a community focused, data-driven, and science-oriented NGO (non-governmental organization) based in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. We empower at-risk communities to obtain adequate supplies of safe and healthy drinking water. The organization began in 2010 with a mission of improving lives in impoverished rural communities through affordable sustainable solutions. Knowing the importance of safe drinking water for good health, we developed and began manufacturing ceramic water filters that remove biological pathogens.
Concerned about levels of mineral contaminants in local water supplies, in 2012 we initiated a program of well testing and monitoring to document the steadily worsening water quality and scarcity conditions. Recognizing that water can be free of biological pathogens but still be unhealthy due to mineral contaminants, we developed programs for constructing rainwater harvesting systems in schools, community centers, and homes. In parallel, we began researching affordable alternatives for removing arsenic and fluoride from well water. In 2015, with our focus now exclusively on water issues, we changed our name to Caminos de Agua.
Today, Caminos de Agua is a team of ten full- and part-time employees, plus several graduate-level engineering and public interest interns from Engineers Without Borders UK and other universities and institutions. We’re a mix of expat residents and Mexicans, technologists and community organizers, researchers and educators — united by our concern for public health and welfare. Caminos de Agua is organized as a registered nonprofit in both the U.S. and Mexico.
We work with local communities and partner with leading research and academic institutions globally at the cutting edge of water quality issues. Our institutional affiliations include: North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, University College of London, University of Guanajuato, Engineers Without Borders UK, Northern Illinois University, Brandeis University, and many others.