ACI Arsenic-Reduction Technology in rural Queretaro, Mexico

ACI installed an ACI Hollow-Membrane and Heavy Metal Filter while training local engineers in the village of Llano de San Francisco, Querétaro, Mexico. The village is located in the mountainous Serra Gorda region nearest the town of Pinal de Amoles. Due to the high amounts of arsenic in their water from mining, the government has had to temporarily deliver clean water for the villagers to consume. This filter is one of several to be installed because of the continued high arsenic rates in this area. Together with the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, CONAGUA, and local government health officials, this was a very successfull trip.

ExplainingTownLayout

Marcela S. Duhne of the Eginineering Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro and José Morado, a local government health promoter, examine the village and water supply layout.

CommunityPlanningMeeting

A village meeting was made to decide location of the ACI clean-water kiosk.

ArsenicTesting

ACI President, Dr. Harry Knopke, and engineers of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro test unfiltered village water.

ManifoldConstruction

Engineering students of  Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro construct the ACI hollow-membrane filter.

WaterKioskSupportDigging

Ground zero of the chosen ACI clean-water kiosk location.

WaterKioskRoofInstallation

The kiosk was chosen to be across where the government had already been bringing clean water. It was built by determined locals in just a few hours.

WaterKioskInside

Inside the ACI Water Kiosk

AsTestFinal

Arsenic levels were brought down to levels close to 0 ppb after filter installation.

Team

The team consisting of ACI staff (Jay VandenBrink, Dr. Harry Knopke) locals, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro engineers, Mexican government officials and CONAGUA.

RoadtoSanFran

The road home.