It all started with a dream to deliver sustainable clean water technology to remote villagers
UN's 2030 universal clean water and sanitation access goal is very far away to be reached. This is mainly because today's clean water technology is not focused on remote user's context, being costly, energy-intensive, with skill-labor operation and maintenance requirements. Thus, people's empowerment is not achieved and solutions get abandoned over time. That is why according to UNICEF, 1/3 of the world's population lives without drinking water and sanitation.
It is for sure a complex problem. Water treatment depends upon its source and the contaminants it upholds. The processes required to produce drinkable water depend mostly on membranes, chemicals, and other types of materials, which need continuous surveillance and control. If you live in an urban area, the huge operation and maintenance costs (O&M) of the clean water supply are divided among the city population and are sometimes subsidized by the government. But remote regions, although they have less water demand, are usually not connected to the main aqueduct, so local water treatment O&M costs exceed the inhabitants' capabilities and logistical problems start to rise.
Remote regions in developing countries can be as near as a 2-hours drive from urban areas. This is an extremely broad amount of people without a steady clean water supply connection.
To face that situation we started Easy Clean Water. We are a developer of sustainable clean water technology to help the remote inhabitants of the developing world. Our clean water technology consists of a user-focused solar HDH drinkable water plant that can work with sea-water or polluted water alike. Our Potabilis technology was designed specifically for remote communities and isolated areas with 200 L/day, 1000 L/day, and 5000 L/day production capacities. Read more.
Our team is the key part of our success equation
In Easy Clean Water we gather the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, combining +40 years of experience from different backgrounds: academia, industry, and water treatment consultancy. The company has successfully expanded its operations from a well recognized Venezuelan engineering consultancy firm, RGA Engineering International, as an R&D+i startup to provide the region with a technologically based offer focusing on good service quality and major operational know-how, which is the main signature of RGA.
Our technical team is led by Raul Gonzalez Acuna, a multi-awarded Mechanical Engineer, recognized speaker, and magazine columnist in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic in several fields, such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, and climate change. He is currently the CEO of RGA Engineering International, with extensive experience with solar desalination, water treatment, industrial processes, carbon footprinting, and energy auditing. Raul is also the Chairman of the Engineering and Sustainability Committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VENAMCHAM), one of the most prestigious binational chambers of the country.
Our CTO & Co-founder is a female Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry with +20 years of extensive R&D experience in the materials and nuclear magnetic resonance area with several important professional recognitions.
As Latin Americans we designed our technology to meet our most difficult requirements
The Latin American and African regions have great contrasts in terms of hydrography; some areas have remarkably abundant resources, while others simply cannot support the population residing there. There are other problems as well such as natural pollutants in river water streams such as arsenic (HACRE-see more). As climate change accentuates variations in weather and seasonal patterns, conflicts over water use between different economic and social actors become increasingly noticeable.
Easy Clean Water technology permits an easy-to-use operation, requiring low energy usage and low maintenance, without special training, therefore allowing user empowerment. It permits the usage in the different locations and contexts the Latam region upholds.
Our Potabilis Technology's usage has several angles according to the customer target segment:
In the emergency relief sector, HDH technology is a key feature of the UN-FAO’s sustainable livelihood model. Our approach gives the population the means to guarantee the plant’s financial viability using distilled water in local added-value craft production activities, while drinkable water users have preference prices on a “freemium” kind of model. In this segment, community capacity building is essential, which requires training in social and productive networking to ensure our approach’s success. Read more.
In the tourism sector, the implementation of HDH water treatment technology takes advantage of its main benefits. Although this type of user does not require distilled water, the operation is financially feasible because it uses most of the existing infrastructure, as well as current maintenance staff working in the facility. In coastal and island installations, the cost of maintaining a year-long reliable water supply is less than an equivalent reverse osmosis system, or inclusive of the municipal water supply, in certain countries, such as Aruba, Cape Verde, etc.
In the agricultural sector, it offers a reliable supply of low-cost drinking water, in areas where brackish water exists. This encourages local food production in regions that are not traditionally farming-oriented. HDH is a passive nature process, implying its usage will not compromise existing aquifers or its depletion.
With most passion, we accept this great challenge to produce sustainable and clean water technology for different realities and stories in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa and other parts of the world.