AquaRoots: Clean Water for All

Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ


Sewage water is a major issue in Ecuador, where only a small percentage of it is treated properly, and the rest is simply discarded, mainly into rivers, which are a source of life and production in our country. Most of the pollution comes from domestic waste, which ultimately ends up in rivers and other bodies of water, where many people and workers rely on them as their primary source of work and production.


In response to this problem, we have decided to design rural sewage treatment projects where locals could utilize hydrophytes or aquatic plants to decontaminate water. Certain hydrophytes, such as water hyacinths (Eichhornia crassipes), have been proven to be effective in absorbing nutrients and heavy metals, and they also show great resistance to various environments. Following a prior ecological impact analysis, we aim to provide clean water to Ecuadorian communities.

Main Beneficiaries:

The initial focus of this project is in Guayas, as it is one of the most polluted rivers in Ecuador. However, the plan is to eventually expand the project nationwide. The main beneficiaries would be Ecuadorians, particularly workers who rely on river water, fishermen, farmers, and rural residents who are vulnerable to water pollution.


Inspiration and ideation


GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 14: Life Below Water


Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ