Social Impact Project for Biological Drink Water Treatment for Rural Acueducto with Micro-Cuenca

How This Works

As part of the TRANSFORM Support Hub, you will learn how to advance your career while getting hands on experience on projects like this one.

Project Description and Impact

This project proposes a pilot to add a bio-technological water treatment system to a typical rural drink water installation in Colombia that is currently functional and provides on average 1,000 M3 drinking water to 160+ families per month, and is administered by the local private cooperative “Acueducto Vereda El Tesoro”

Today, the water is captured and filtered mechanically, but not treated chemically or biologically before being distributed to households. Because of cattle grazing and possible wild animals in the region, the water has shown to be contaminated with E.Coli and other bacteria (ref. needed), and –although relatively clean- is not considered fully safe for consumption, especially for more vulnerable population (small children, pregnant women, elderly and sick).

Learning Opportunity

  • How to apply biological treatment in a real rural setting with diverse land use.
  • Learn about life and challenges for local farmers in rural Colombia
  • Improve your Spanish!


You will stay in a very nice wooden cabin/house close to the project site and the village of Guatapé and you will have all the comfort and WifI.

Additional Benefits

  • Access to really nice hikes (both walking and biking)
  • Access to nearby town, sites and culture.


This project accepts virtual experteers.

About the Hosting Organization

Cooperativa Acuaducto El Tesoro is a Cooperative working on Utilities.