WATER PACIFIC

WATER PACIFIC: A SUSTAINABLE OPTION FOR THE SUPPLY OF DRY REGIONS

Medellín, ColombiaCopacabana, Colombia
Year Founded:
2012
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

WATER PACIFIC implements an eco-efficient technology using an atmospheric water collector that has the ability to supply drinking water in remote communities.
We implement clean technologies that contribute to our planet in a progressive way and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

“Remember, a human being by nature is a consumerist, but in reality who can take more, the water or us?”
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

While the world population tripled in the 20th Century and increased by around 1.2 billion people, almost a fifth of people live in areas of deprivation. About 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from a scarcity of water. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with an absolute deficiency of water and two thirds of the world population may be living under conditions of water stress.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The aim of this project is to implement a feasible and productive model for the supply of drinking water to isolated communities in remote areas that do not have water supplies nearby. This would essentially cover their basic needs as well as help them to carry out their daily activities and work with more normality and improve their nutrition. People’s quality of life would thereby be improved, which would in turn help them to advance. Technology such as drip irrigation for plants and agriculture could be adapted to satisfy the basic future needs of small towns without resorting to water sources like rivers, lakes or wells.

Awards

- Nasser bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award. Kingdom of Bahrain 2014. - Winner X TIC Americas 2015. Eco-Challenge 2015. Panama City, Panama. - Citizen innovation project in Ibero-America. Veracruz, Mexico, 2014. HYDROBALL project.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

It is a conditioned technology for isolated zones and in which air humidity is condensed to produce drinking water from the air. The water obtained is pure and suitable for human consumption and other purposes. Besides, the system can be implemented in any zone, be it deserted or rural, where the liquid fundamental for life is hard to obtain. - It uses a clean cooling mechanism to produce low temperatures, without using polluting cooling gases for its operation. - The precious liquid obtained can be stored, distributed by a net or delivered by a simple touch. - Don’t forget that clean water Access is the main level of the economic growth. - It's size is compact and the energy supply is from the wind or the sun.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Quantitative impact It is hoped that it will eventually be implemented in indigenous reservations where there is no running water or electricity. Testing began in October 2013, and so far, the incredibly simple design has managed to collect more than 35 liters/day, working in an average humidity of 45% and at an average temperature of 25 degrees centigrade. Limited production could easily increase to 50 liters per day without the process itself changing. Qualitative impact - Designed for remote locations and communities in general - Solar energy is a flexible energy technology. - Wind energy has significant international potential - Decentralizes the responsibility for water - To generate protection and security to the limited drinking water resources - Considers that access to clean water is a building block of economic growth - Guarantees the right to clean water

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Directly, the project aims to help decrease the mortality rate by giving people access to clean water, especially children who are more vulnerable to sickness. Furthermore, the project endeavors to moderately reduce the work load of women and children, who sometimes have to travel long distances to collect a small amount of water. It also aims to reduce the rate of unemployment in certain areas and improve water consumption habits.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

- To manufacture during the project’s first year 64 Atmospheric water collectors with the following collection capacity per day: 1ltr, 15ltr and 35ltr. The WATER PACIFIC’s Business Plan presents a NPV of 199,140,966 COP (Colombian Pesos), (78,829 USD) , what makes the project financially attractive. The project’s ROI is 59.34%, showing its feasibility, with a payback period of 1, 35 years.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Environmental studies show that water companies do not attempt to supply drinking water to the entire country because some regions are difficult to access. The costs of supplying water have recently increased in Colombia and they will continue to increase in the coming years. The problem is particularly serious for communities in parts of the country located away from the mountainous Andean region where the largest water sources can be found.
Team

Founding Story

Abel grew up in the city of Medellin (Colombia) and attended the SENA higher education college for his technical degree in environmental and automotive studies. Abel learned about human water needs in the first three months of his course and presented one of his teachers with a project. After one year, his ideas resulted in the production of a system to generate drinking water from air. This gave Abel the chance to make a real impact on his community, and he was therefore awarded a prize to implement his idea. Then he started the design and research of projects carried out in other countries, what took him to create the first prototype to be useful in remote areas with no or limited access

Team

We are currently under the support of two government-owned institutions that provide us a wide range of management and development tools for the project. Among them we have the Antioquia’s Governor's Office that has supported us in the creation of the scale version of the Atmospheric water collector. The government has many agreements and, in some of them, SENA (National Government-owned Learning Service), participates to benefit its alumni and students. SENA is a government-owned institution attached to the Ministry of Work of Colombia, in charge of training people and awarding associate-like degrees (in Colombian Spanish, Technical and Technological Programs, 1 or 2 years of undergraduate education). I am an alumnus of the program Technology in Automotive Mechatronics (2 years of undergraduate education). SENA not only trains people, it also serves as the bridge between its community and many of the largest companies and other government-owned entities in Colombia and abroad. This allows its students to develop innovative projects in different areas and sectors accompanied by experts. Legally, this project does not present any restriction and is economically feasible, leaving profit margins for the participants and expanding its operations as it grows up. Team TEAM LEADER Abel Ángel Quiroz García (Technologist in Automotive Mechatronics) PROJECT’S SUPPORTING ENTITIES. - SENA (National Government-owned Learning Services) - Antioquia’s Governor's Office (Colombia) - Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (Antioquia’s Governor's Office) Other entities: -TECNNOVA, (University-enterprise-state alliance)
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:
Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder and CEO / WATER PACIFIC

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I invite you to visit the rural area, of Alvarado Village, municipality of Copacabana, Antioquia, where the project currently runs. The average number of people per house in the zone is 5. Regarding the composition of the family group in the community, the average is 4.8 members; these are low-income families rated in stratum 1 (the poorest people). From them, 65.1% works as land farmers and pig farmers, 11.1% works on community and social services and 8.2 of them work on commercial activities. The income of these rural homes is composed by 79% of autonomous work and 21% of money subsidies. The aqueduct demand cover is 20.7% lower than the electricity one in this rural sector.
The described actions involve great challenges sometimes, but at the same time, these challenges, once overcome, produce great achievements allowing us to obtain great results.
One the main challenges for WATER PACIFIC was optimizing the design to seize the power supply whether solar of eolian. It was necessary to develop the project as a green system to replace those home-made water collectors developed in rural areas and slums, applying an innovative mechanism.
-Another important factor was analyzing the structure construction, its maintenance and power consumption. The design would optimize the water’s chemical quality as well as the quantity of water available for those families, improving this way their quality of life.
-It was also vital to think about the possible sewage systems for the slums to improve their infrastructure not, only the public one but also the one belonging to every family.
-The neighbors participation through their masonry knowledge and workforce allowed us to involve them in this issue as a community project with duties and rights (benefits). Besides, such participation ensured that the interventions made matched the community’s needs.
It is time to face the challenge. The experience gave us the possibility to go further towards an integral project to be applied where the drought has left deteriorated areas, bringing back their value and social development to all nearby families.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Roman Zuleta Ospina
Entrepreneur Rural Youth Region Leader of the Antioquia Regional Direction
Calle 51 N 57-70, South Tower, 10th floor
Medellín, Colombia
http://www.sena.edu.co
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YOLIMA VILLEGAS PÉREZ
Entrepreneur Rural Youth Leader, Agronomy, Emtrepreneurship, vulnerable population
Advanced Manufacture Technology Center
SENA Antioquia Region
Diagonal 104 # 69 - 120 Pedregal Neighborhood
Medellín, Colombia
http://www.sena.edu.co

El SENA, more job.
José Rafael Sierra Rojas
Entrepreneurship Manager
Services and Business Management Center
Sena Antioquia Region
Tecnoparque Building Av Oriental 7th floor
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
http://www.sena.edu.co

Gabriel Guacaneme Alvarez
Business Manager Entrepreneurship Unit
South Complex SENA Calatrava
Medellín, Colombia
http://www.sena.edu.co

SENA, world class
Luis María Mesa Tobón
Entrepreneurship Unit Manager
North Complex (Pedregal)
Antioquia Region
http://www.sena.edu.co

Luis Bernardo Duque Castaño
Instructor at the Automotive Chain of the Advanced Manufacture CTMA, SENA
Automotive Mechatronic Technologist SENA
Mechanic Engineer University of Antioquia
Evaluation and Project Formulation Specialist University of Medellin
Diagonal 104 # 69 - 120 Pedregal Neighborhood
Medellín, Colombia
http://www.sena.edu.co