A team from Northern Illinois University visited CATIS-Mexico in late August. As members of Engineers Without Borders, Dr. Melissa Lenczewski, student lead Holly Olson, and professional advisor in engineering, John Laskowski have been coordinating research with iCATIS engineers on our ceramic water filters and have been specifically charged to create a low-cost filter “add-on” that can remove arsenic and fluoride from source water. To better understand the bigger picture, they traveled to San Miguel de Allende to do water sampling in local community wells, rivers, and cisterns.
CATIS-Mexico and CEDESA worked together to coordinate NIU’s visit. During their stay, the NIU team analyzed water samples from 11 different sites in 8 communities. Due to their quick work, CEDESA was able to share the results at the COCIRA (Consejo Ciudadano Rural de Agua) meeting on September 1st. More than 200 people gathered from more than 20 different communities to organize around water and other local issues. Saúl Juárez and Holly Yasui from CEDESA, as well as Dylan Terrell from CATIS-Mexico, presented the results to the entire group and passed out the official NIU documentation to the communities that participated. The group applauded the work from NIU. Whether good or bad results, everyone was just so happy to know something about the water they drink every day.
CATIS-Mexico would like to thank the entire NIU team for their continued and invaluable support as well as CEDESA for their symbiotic partnership and staggering work in organizing communities and disseminating information, resources, and technologies with unparalleled competency and compassion. And, a very special thank you to Holly Yasui at CEDESA for her tireless work in coordinating community visits throughout NIU’s visit.
CATIS-Mexico is passionate in educating the public about water quality and creating access to information in regards to drinking water, while at the same time, promoting technologies such as the ceramic water filters so that everyone has access to a low-cost, healthy water supply.