OUR MISSION: UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SAFE WATER ON TAP


AguaClara Reach trains organizations to design and deploy gravity-powered water treatment plants for under-served communities around the world. Conventional centralized water treatment can be complex, costly, and—for the 2 billion people without access to clean drinking water around the world—completely unsustainable.
 

AguaClara Technology achieves high Performance with Simple Design

 

Easy to Build

AguaClara plants are built using locally-available materials and utilize community labor. This empowers communities to independently undertake future repairs.

Easy to Operate

Anyone with a 6th grade education can be trained to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair the systems.

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Affordable to Run

AguaClara plants do not require electricity to run. The treatment process is powered by gravity.

OUR STORY: A JOURNEY ACROSS CONTINENTS

AguaClara began as a student-based research program at Cornell University, founded by Dr. Monroe Weber-Shirk in 2005. The goal of the program was to design water treatment plants that would last for decades in resource-limited communities. In partnership with Honduran NGO, Agua Para el Pueblo, 14 AguaClara plants have been built in Honduras, serving 65,000 people in total. In 2013, AguaClara LLC, a certified B-Corporation, was founded by Cornell graduates to extend the implementation of the technology beyond Honduras. The organization was awarded B-Corps Best for the World Overall in 2015 and 2017. The social enterprise has built 4 water treatment systems in India to date. In 2017, we established AguaClara Reach to expand on the previous successes, now as a non-profit* organization, with the continued mission of bringing clean drinking water on tap to communities around the world. AguaClara Reach continues to partner with the student-based program in Cornell Engineering, working to pilot the latest open-source innovations developed in the lab, while sharing lessons learned from the field to drive further research.

A Nonprofit Organization

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, AguaClara Reach defines success by the number of people benefited in the long term by AguaClara technologies. We wish to see improved health, increased school attendance, more free time for women, and more productive working days in communities that are able to receive a reliable supply of safe drinking water on tap.

Board of Directors

JOHN FINN, P.E.

President of the Board

Mr. Finn has over 30 years of experience in engineering practice. His broad range of skills have been built through 10 years as an engineer and project manager in multi-disciplinary teams, 2 years as leader of a relief and development program in Cambodia, and 18 years as leader of an engineering consulting firm in Ithaca, New York. He served as a long time adviser to the AguaClara Program.

Mr. Finn has over 30 years of experience in engineering practice. His broad range of skills have been built through 10 years as an engineer and project manager in multi-disciplinary teams, 2 years as leader of a relief and development program in Cambodia, and 18 years as leader of an engineering consulting firm in Ithaca, New York. He served as a long time adviser to the AguaClara Program.

MAYSOON SHARIF

Executive Director

Ms. Sharif was an undergraduate intern with the AguaClara program at Cornell University. She continued to be involved as part of her Master of Engineering project and, upon graduating, worked to maintain the Automated Design Tool that produces 3D CAD drawings of the water treatment systems. She worked to pilot the first four AguaClara systems ever implemented in India. Maysoon also serves as Treasurer of the Board.

Ms. Sharif was an undergraduate intern with the AguaClara program at Cornell University. She continued to be involved as part of her Master of Engineering project and, upon graduating, worked to maintain the Automated Design Tool that produces 3D CAD drawings of the water treatment systems. She worked to pilot the first four AguaClara systems ever implemented in India. Maysoon also serves as Treasurer of the Board.

DR. MARK HURWITZ

Secretary of the Board

Dr. Hurwitz has over 30 years of experience in new product development for the filtration and separations industry including management of development teams across multiple continents.  He has developed separations products for a wide variety of applications including drinking water, industrial waste remediation, food and beverage processes, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University, applying his expertise through consulting and teaching.

Dr. Hurwitz has over 30 years of experience in new product development for the filtration and separations industry including management of development teams across multiple continents.  He has developed separations products for a wide variety of applications including drinking water, industrial waste remediation, food and beverage processes, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University, applying his expertise through consulting and teaching.

 

DR. MONROE WEBER-SHIRK

DAVID TIPPING

DANIEL SMITH

Dr. Weber-Shirk worked with Salvadoran refugees in Honduras in the early eighties, motivating him to develop solutions to inaccessibility of clean drinking water on tap in underdeveloped parts of the world. He founded the AguaClara program at Cornell in 2005, which consists of 70 undergraduate and graduate students. He continues to direct the Cornell program, including laboratory research, classroom instruction, and annual student project tours  to Honduras.

Dr. Weber-Shirk worked with Salvadoran refugees in Honduras in the early eighties, motivating him to develop solutions to inaccessibility of clean drinking water on tap in underdeveloped parts of the world. He founded the AguaClara program at Cornell in 2005, which consists of 70 undergraduate and graduate students. He continues to direct the Cornell program, including laboratory research, classroom instruction, and annual student project tours  to Honduras.

Mr. Tipping is a senior international water, environment and sustainable development specialist with over 30 years of experience across multiple industries and sectors. This includes 20 years of practice in the design and construction of domestic, commercial, industrial and municipal water and wastewater systems, followed by United Nations appointments as a Human Settlements Specialist and Advisor. He has worked on a range of complex water issues, from the local level to river basin systems, and is currently Senior Executive Officer / Senior Projects Manager for the Australian Government.

Mr. Tipping is a senior international water, environment and sustainable development specialist with over 30 years of experience across multiple industries and sectors. This includes 20 years of practice in the design and construction of domestic, commercial, industrial and municipal water and wastewater systems, followed by United Nations appointments as a Human Settlements Specialist and Advisor. He has worked on a range of complex water issues, from the local level to river basin systems, and is currently Senior Executive Officer / Senior Projects Manager for the Australian Government.

Mr. Smith  is an environmental engineer who has worked on hazardous waste management in the US and water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Latin America and Africa, including more than three years with AguaClara in Honduras. He is currently a PhD student at Stanford University where he researches determinants of economic demand for safe water in Bangladesh and Africa.

Mr. Smith  is an environmental engineer who has worked on hazardous waste management in the US and water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Latin America and Africa, including more than three years with AguaClara in Honduras. He is currently a PhD student at Stanford University where he researches determinants of economic demand for safe water in Bangladesh and Africa.

 
 

Technical Advisory Board

John Foote

Mr. Foote is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University teaching infrastructure finance and a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for State and Local Government. He has twelve years of experience as a public finance investment banker both in the United States and Asia.  Following his career in investment banking, John co-founded a transportation engineering company, specializing in intelligent transportation systems and services such as electronic toll collection. John holds a Master of Public Administration (1976) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in engineering (1974) from Cornell University.

Mr. Foote is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University teaching infrastructure finance and a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for State and Local Government. He has twelve years of experience as a public finance investment banker both in the United States and Asia.  Following his career in investment banking, John co-founded a transportation engineering company, specializing in intelligent transportation systems and services such as electronic toll collection. John holds a Master of Public Administration (1976) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in engineering (1974) from Cornell University.

Carol Serna, P.E.

Ms. Serna graduated from Cornell University with a BS in 2006 and a ME in 2007. She has over ten years of experience in the planning and design of various civil engineering projects. She started her career internationally working on sustainable water treatment plants and continued on to work in Houston as a Municipal Utility District Engineer. She is now a Senior Engineer with Carollo Engineers and works on a wide variety of water and wastewater projects for various cities in and around the Houston area. Her passions lie in projects geared towards sustainability, reuse, potable water and wastewater.

Ms. Serna graduated from Cornell University with a BS in 2006 and a ME in 2007. She has over ten years of experience in the planning and design of various civil engineering projects. She started her career internationally working on sustainable water treatment plants and continued on to work in Houston as a Municipal Utility District Engineer. She is now a Senior Engineer with Carollo Engineers and works on a wide variety of water and wastewater projects for various cities in and around the Houston area. Her passions lie in projects geared towards sustainability, reuse, potable water and wastewater.

Michael Klug

Mr. Klug has over 30 years experience providing business and operations guidance for profit and non-profit companies, working across 4 continents. He has helped over 30 technology, financial services, utilities and charitable organizations scale their businesses to better serve their customer bases.  He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as an advisor to AguaClara for over 5 years.

Mr. Klug has over 30 years experience providing business and operations guidance for profit and non-profit companies, working across 4 continents. He has helped over 30 technology, financial services, utilities and charitable organizations scale their businesses to better serve their customer bases.  He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as an advisor to AguaClara for over 5 years.

Simone St. Anne

Ms. St. Anne is a creative facilitator, with development and communication skills honed at Cornell University. Her attention to big-picture thinking, problem defining, storytelling, histories and myth, enables effective and sustainable interaction and innovation. Her focus is creative collaboration, and watering things to make them grow.

Ms. St. Anne is a creative facilitator, with development and communication skills honed at Cornell University. Her attention to big-picture thinking, problem defining, storytelling, histories and myth, enables effective and sustainable interaction and innovation. Her focus is creative collaboration, and watering things to make them grow.

 

Drew Hart

A 2011 graduate of the Cornell AguaClara program, Mr. Hart has worked on AguaClara projects and program development as an engineer for partner organization Agua Para el Pueblo in Honduras and as design lead at Cornell. Since 2016 he has continued to work in potable water as a Staff Professional at Carollo Engineers in Walnut Creek, California.

A 2011 graduate of the Cornell AguaClara program, Mr. Hart has worked on AguaClara projects and program development as an engineer for partner organization Agua Para el Pueblo in Honduras and as design lead at Cornell. Since 2016 he has continued to work in potable water as a Staff Professional at Carollo Engineers in Walnut Creek, California.

Michael Adelman, P.E.

Mr. Adelman was a part of the AguaClara team as an M.S. student from 2010-2012, where he focused on the development of the Stacked Rapid Sand Filter and researched topics ranging from particle capture by plate settlers to the effectiveness of the economic and governance model of AguaClara plants. He is currently a professional environmental engineer with Stantec MWH in Pasadena, CA, where he works on both conventional and advanced treatment process engineering for a variety of water, wastewater, water reuse, site remediation, and waste management projects.

Mr. Adelman was a part of the AguaClara team as an M.S. student from 2010-2012, where he focused on the development of the Stacked Rapid Sand Filter and researched topics ranging from particle capture by plate settlers to the effectiveness of the economic and governance model of AguaClara plants. He is currently a professional environmental engineer with Stantec MWH in Pasadena, CA, where he works on both conventional and advanced treatment process engineering for a variety of water, wastewater, water reuse, site remediation, and waste management projects.

Rahul Bawa

Mr. Bawa is an experienced executive, investor, consultant, and mentor who thrives on strategic and challenging opportunities to improve business results and create value. He is experienced in transforming startups through Fortune 500 organizations to consistently develop and deliver products and services focused on customers’ needs while exceeding an organization’s revenue, cost and profit goals. He has deep business and technical expertise combined with strong team-building and management skills to promote positive change.

Mr. Bawa is an experienced executive, investor, consultant, and mentor who thrives on strategic and challenging opportunities to improve business results and create value. He is experienced in transforming startups through Fortune 500 organizations to consistently develop and deliver products and services focused on customers’ needs while exceeding an organization’s revenue, cost and profit goals. He has deep business and technical expertise combined with strong team-building and management skills to promote positive change.

Aminta Nuñez

Ms. Nuñes is a civil engineer and has been working in WASH for 5 years with partner organization Agua Para el Pueblo. One of her majors roles has been the design and the supervision of the construction of the AguaClara plants in Honduras. She sees her role as a great opportunity to serve and help people of her country and to improve their quality of life.

Ms. Nuñes is a civil engineer and has been working in WASH for 5 years with partner organization Agua Para el Pueblo. One of her majors roles has been the design and the supervision of the construction of the AguaClara plants in Honduras. She sees her role as a great opportunity to serve and help people of her country and to improve their quality of life.