Cuatrociénegas-Coahuila, México

In February, 2013, an exploratory trip was made to the pueblo of Cuatrociénegas, México, to investigate the feasibility of making filters there.  Clay was dug around an abandoned brick plant; filters successfully made and fired in an adobe kiln.  Unfortunately, the project has not gone forward, due to the unavailability of funds.


Street of Cuatrociénegas

Street of Cuatrociénegas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

The village church of San Jose in Cuatrociénegas

The village church of San Jose in Cuatrociénegas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Water, but no right to use. This water is channeled miles away to another village

Water, but no right to use. This water is channeled miles away to another village - Cermaic Water Filter Solutions

Karst in the desert – a dwindling resource

Karst in the desert - a dwindling resource - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

The search for water in the desert

The search for water in the desert - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Well water – life for crops, but too contaminated for human consumption

Well water - life for crops, but too contaminated for human consumption - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Digging clay in the desert of Coahuila

Digging clay in the desert of Coahuila - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Desert brickyard

Desert brickyard - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Crushing clay

Crushing clay - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Pressing filters

Pressing filters - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Desert of Cuatrociénegas

Desert of Cuatrociénegas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Drying filters

Drying filters - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

No kiln? No problem! Building a kiln from adobe brick

No kiln? No problem! Building a kiln from adobe brick - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

El indio muerte, the mountain overlooking Cuatrociénegas

El indio muerte, the mouton overlooking Cuatrociénegas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Kiln building – using an old chitlin’ pot for a lid

Kiln building - using an old chitlin' pot for a lid - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Kiln firing

Kiln firing - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Kiln firing

Kiln firing - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Mixed results: clay was high in calcium, but several worked fine

Mixed results: clay was high in calcium, but several worked fine - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Dinner with the Navarro family

Dinner with the Navarro family - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Sunset in Cuatrociénegas

Sunset in Cuatrociénegas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions