August 16, 2023
“Sustainable Solutions for the Treatment of Water in Tuchin, Colombia” Case Study published after a successful collaboration between EW Tech and ASAP
EW Tech and the Adaptation SME Accelerator Program publish a case study upon the completion of a successful collaboration to develop a mobile and off grid solution for the treatment of contaminated water and deploy it in Tuchín Colombia
August 16, 2023 – Bogotá, Colombia: EW Tech and the Adaptation SME Accelerator Program (ASAP) announced today the publication of a Case Study – “Sustainable Solutions for the Treatment of Water in Tuchín, Colombia.” The Case Study is published after a collaboration between the partners to develop a containerized and off grid application of EW Tech’s ECA technology to treat contaminated water.
EW Tech, a company focusing on innovations for water treatment in Latin America, provides efficient and sustainable solutions for water treatment that enables its customers to build resilience to climate impacts affecting the availability, quality, and security of water due to water stress and drought.
Water is an essential component to daily life, for hydration, cooking and sanitation, and to industry in agriculture, power generation and other sectors. 2 billion people globally do not have access to clean drinking water, including 1.2 billion lacking even basic drinking water services with 8 out of 10 of these people living in rural areas. Providing access to clean drinking water for consumption and sanitation is a critical development goal. Climate change threatens to complicate this. Changing weather patterns due to climate change (temperature and precipitation) causing droughts, flooding, and water scarcity; saltwater intrusion into ground water; and a general decline in the quality of water will increasingly become a challenge to provide clean drinking water and sanitation globally over the next few decades.
ASAP awarded EW Tech a technical assistance facility to develop a mobile and off-grid application of the ECA Technology for water stressed and vulnerable customers. Over the last 8 months, they have engineered their solution to fit into a mobile container equipped with solar panels, and have resulted in a contained and operational system called STP1 which was recently installed in Tuchín, Colombia to benefit 620 people and over 400 students who travel from nearby villages to attend school.
“Clean drinking water will continue to be a major challenge globally, as climate change impacts increase over the next two decades. This represents a major challenge to develop and deploy technologies which can help secure the water supply for rural and vulnerable populations around the world. By working with EW Tech to containerize their technology, this opens up new applications for the ECA solution and enables the company to provide clean water solutions to off grid water insecure locations and the potential to scale the solution, enabling rapid response to natural disasters impacting water quality in the future.” – Brian Parham, Program Director of ASAP
“Water is Life! It’s an essential resource for both industry and humanity, crucial for existence itself. We must learn to truly value this resource and strive to maintain responsible management practices. The Tuchín Project stands as a shining example of how technology, technical ingenuity, and unwavering enthusiasm can solve problems and enhance quality of life. Thanks to the support provided by the ASAP program, this project has become a reality. Together, we’ve managed to impact the lives of over 1000 people, most of them children.” – Anatolie Scurtu, CEO EW Tech
About the Partners:
EW Tech focuses on developing innovative technologies for water treatment using advanced electrochemistry to purify water using electrolysis to generate natural disinfectants for customers in industry, agriculture, and communities. The solution treats poor quality, microbiologically contaminated water and makes it safe to drink, with no harmful byproducts. For more information, visit www.ewtech.la
The Adaptation SME Accelerator Program (ASAP) and The Lightsmith Group
ASAP is a program dedicated to assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in adapting to climate change impacts. It offers tailored support and resources to vulnerable SMEs in developing countries. ASAP focuses on capacity building, mentorship, and access to financing, helping SMEs identify climate risks and implement resilience strategies. The project aims to integrate climate resilience into SMEs’ business models and foster sustainable practices. Through its targeted efforts, ASAP contributes to enhancing the adaptive capacity of SMEs in the face of climate challenges. ASAP is led by the Lightsmith Group with funding from the Global Environment Facility’s Special Climate Change Fund and the Inter-America Development Bank. ASAP is facilitated by Conservation International. For more information on ASAP, visit www.climateasap.org and about The Lightsmith Group visit www.lightsmithgp.com.
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, for biodiversity and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples and local communities to help people and nature thrive together. Go to Conservation.org for more, and follow our work on Conservation News, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF is a family of funds dedicated to confronting biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, and strains on land and ocean health. Its grants, blended financing, and policy support helps developing countries address their biggest environmental priorities and adhere to international environmental conventions. Over the past three decades, the GEF has provided more than $22 billion and mobilized $120 billion in co-financing for more than 5,000 national and regional projects. For more information visit www.thegef.org.