The AguaClara Design Philosophy was developed to ensure the long-run sustainability of the facilities we engineer. It is based on the belief, as expressed by Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, that "combining knowledge of local circumstances with modern science and technology is a crucial prerequisite for developing more efficient, sustainable infrastructure."
Affordable for the Community
are constructed using local labor.
are constructed using locally available materials.
use generic suppliers rather than specialized components.
operate without electricity.
minimize use of valves to reduce costs.
minimize use of moving parts.
are robust and resilient.
are optimized for low-cost and high-performance.
are easy to construct using low-precision construction techniques.