Tuxtla Gutiérrez Chiapas, México

The factory in Tuxtla was first started in January, 2012 in conjunction with Edgar Villalobos and Patty Elke, professors at UNACH.  More than 10 samples of clay were tested and filters made and microbiologically tested.  Subsequently, a much-needed new kiln was constructed.  A general education program for the University students as well as an additional outreach program in the indigenous village of Zinacantán, were initiated.


Entrance to UNACH in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas

Entrance to UNACH in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Digging clay on the road to San Cristóbal de las Casas

Digging clay on the road to San Cristóbal de las Casas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

One of the first clay samples obtained from Yajalón, Chiapas

One of the first clay samples obtained from Yajalón, Chiapas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Test bars made from clay samples prior to firing in the kiln

Test bars made from clay samples prior to firing in the kiln - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

University students sifting clay in preparation for filter making

University students sifting clay in preparation for filter making - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Forming the filters with the Potters for Peace portable press

Forming the filters with the Potters for Peace portable press - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Freshly made filters drying prior to firing in the kiln

Freshly made filters drying prior to firing in the kiln - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Women firing pottery in Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas

Women firing pottery in Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Initial firing of filters with the first borrowed kiln in Ocuilapa, Chiapas

Initial firing of filters with the first borrowed kiln in Ocuilapa, Chiapas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Building the new kiln in 2013 – Mexicans, Guatemalans, and a Gringo

Building the new kiln in 2013 - Mexicans, Guatemalans, and a Gringo - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Firing the new wood kiln in 2015

Firing the new wood kiln in 2015 - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Filters in the kiln after firing

Filters in the kiln after firing - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Testing the new filters

Testing the new filters - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

First batch of filters

First batch of filters - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

End of project barbecue

End of project barbecue - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Filter education in the village of Zinacantán, Chiapas

Filter education in the village of Zinacantán, Chiapas - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Water supply in Zinacantán

Water supply in Zinacantán - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Testing filter efficacy after 3 years of use in Zinacantán

Testing filter efficacy after 3 years of use in Zinacantán - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Student education at UNACH

Student education at UNACH - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions

Radio broadcast discussing benefits and proper use of ceramic water filters

Radio broadcast discussing benefits and proper use of ceramic water filters - Ceramic Water Filter Solutions