Changing The World With Clean Water

After sailing more than 40 thousand nautical kilometers and into 14 countries on Unreasonable at Sea, we ported in Spain for our culminating event. The technology companies who sailed around the world with us had 6 minutes to share the story of their company to hundreds of people packed into an auditorium in Barcelona. This is one of those talks.

The entrepreneur in this video is Pedro Delgado of Agua Inc – Combating The Water Crisis

Company Description in 100 Words or Less

A child dies every 20 seconds for lack of access to potable water.
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Agua Inc is a pioneer company and a global leader in biotechnological production. They offer a natural alternative to conventional wastewater treatments and do so without the use of any chemicals or energy (instead, they use plants). Typical water treatment technologies are based in physicochemical systems that entail very high costs, complex maintenance, and negative environmental impacts. Agua Inc uses plants, no chemicals, no energy, and is saving tens of thousands of lives while turning a handsome profit. Today, Agua Inc has treatment systems installed in over 5 countries, has generated over $4,000,000 USD in revenue in the past 3 years, and is ensuring 300,000 people each day get access to clean drinking water. Visit the company website.

Major Milestones:

  • Generated USD $4,000,000 in revenue in 3 years.
  • Installed 100 wastewater treatment systems in 5 countries.
  • As an example, in Tacharene (Mali), they provide drinking water to more than 8,000 people, reducing infant mortality by 75% and completely eliminating cholera.

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  • Kait Harman

    I loved this talk! It is so necessary for everyone in this world to have clean water and water in general available to them. Its sickening that every 20 seconds kids die from not getting the water they need while here in the united states we treat it like its unlimited. My question for you is how did you ever get started doing this movement and if you have any education background on what you are focusing on changing in the world now because this is such a great idea!

  • natebbeard

    It’s amazing to see the different applications of natural products. I’m definitely going to learn more and see if this could work while I’m in rural Chiapas, Mexico. It’s incredible the amount of people who don’t have access to clean water. Thank you so much for the video and passion, Agua Inc.
    I’ve seen the application of natural solutions to a couple problems, and, being in business school, the question always arises of how do you expect to keep competitors at bay? Is the intellectual property guarded or technical enough? Or is it more about the relationships that you create with customers and consumers?

  • KJ

    To me this relates perfectly to the recent article about looking at problems from a simple perspective. This solution won’t be creating problems down the road and is a renewable source to purify the water. It is so interesting to see this video and where Mr.Delgado’s inspiration came from because everyone is looking for something that will not only fuel their passion but help other people. He is truly a great role model for entrepreneurs and anyone thinking outside the box.

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Thanks you for sharing this story with us it was truly amazing what they are doing with this movement. It is unbelievable how many people in the world don’t have clear water. The solution what Mr. Delgado came up with will save millions of lives in the futures to come and is truly inspiring to see that a couple of people can help change the world. This story really makes me think that we take our water that we have for granted and we use it as if it is never going to run out. Just as in some countries that don’t have clean water at all. Makes you want to help though people even more. Thank you again for sharing this story I really enjoyed and thought it was a great idea.

  • Brandon

    Thanks for this video!!! i think we do need to start a movement in more countries over seas to provide them some more water. its important to give them more clear water so we can impact so many lives. In untied states we take so many things for granted and are lucky to have the little thing other countries would love to have.

  • arober44

    It’s astounding how many millions of people, including children, struggle to obtain clean water, while so many of us take advantage of this necessity. I applaud Agua, Inc. and their efforts to make clean water accessible for all. I can only hope that this movement sparks a chain reaction in order to get greater results in lesser time.

  • byrnesbk24

    What a great idea. Who would have thought that a simple plant could easily filter water? We need more people in the world that think and act like this guy. It is unacceptable that so many people are with out the basic foundation of life, water. We all need it. To be able to save life’s by clean water is amazing.

  • Leija2014

    Thank you for sharing this video! I just love the idea of using a plant that can do all of the purification of water itself. No need for engineers when one person can maintain the plant and also administer the purification as well. The milestones of this innovation is astounding! What really stuck out to me was that Agua Inc. has helped reduce infant mortality by 75%! What a really high percentage that is. We need more people like you, Mr. Delgado!

  • weidmankl15

    Just reading the simple statistic of “A child dies every 20 seconds from lack of access to portable water” makes me cringe and gives me goose bumps. The video was absolutely great though! That plant sure could change things for the better and saves lives. How could it get any better?

  • Amy Rink

    I agree with you in that we need to find a way to send as much water over as possible. You’re right in that many of take the little things for granted, like a cup of water. If we could start by sending over water I believe that would improve their environment drastically.

  • Logan Dohmeier

    This is an amazing innovation that will and has already proven to save lives. I think the more importance we put on the use of natural solutions, the better. Our world is filled with technology in order to eliminate certain hassles or biochemical problems, but most of the time the end result is another chemical problem or an expensive adjustment! Using natural resources that can be grown and replanted on a potential unlimited basis could take us further than we think. Also the fact that it is very cost effective puts this idea multiple steps ahead of the game. Water is a necessity to live and it is really heart warming to see someone have such a passion to help others survive. I hope that this continues to get support from businesses and expands so the water treatment system can be implemented throughout the world.

  • Fernanda Quezada

    With all the current innovative technology we are discovering to keep our planet and community safe, it’s so refreshing to know even just with simple means and knowledge we are able to make a huge difference. With leaders like Pedro and his confidence in his straightforward form of providing clean water hopefully readers can also begin to share their ideas even if their just basic!

  • Jack Delabar

    I am also relieved and reassured when finding out that not all of our technological advances are going towards “making things easier” for the general population…just saw a commercial for a car that parallel parks itself. Come on. We should be using our technology to address some overlooked problems that can potentially become catastrophic if precaution is not taken now.

  • treehugger90

    That is amazing! I agree that we should leave it up to nature! I can’t believe the fact about a child dieing ever y 20 seconds; that is so sad! Next time I complain about something stupid; I am going to think before I speak.

  • Chris Williams

    I also believe we should leave it up to nature! It’s crazy to see how many people die from not having clean water and it’s also crazy to think about how far some people go to get clean water. I think what Agua inc. is doing will benefit places where clean water is not typically found. They will save many life’s. I am also going to think before I speak before i complain about something because I have clean water assessable to me and not much of the world does.

  • Palecekb

    Great idea on wanting to deliver clean drinking water to areas that have close to none. I do not fully understand how the plant helps so much. I am not understanding how having a plant increases the amount of water. Has the plant been placed in these areas and able to survive the harsh climate? Is there a lot of work for sustaining the plants that the village would be able to do and keep up with?

  • treehugger90

    True that! We even have a variety of choices of clean water that we can choose from. I also think Agua inc. will defiantly benefit places around the world that do not have clean water! I find myself complaining about one silly thing that went wrong with school or work; when we have people out there that have it so much worst!

  • Jeovany_Espino

    I have some of the same questions as you do. I am wondering if the plants they are using are native the environment and if not are these plants capable of overtaking the native ones. it is a great idea to use a natural system to clean water. They say that their system is clean and easy so shouldn’t take too much work to sustain the plants, once the plants establish themselves, they should be able to take care of themselves for the most part, i do wonder though how many plants need to be planted to provide that community with the clean water

  • Keeli Gilbert

    Fabulous! I can’t believe that is has taken us this long to figure out that we could use this plant in the providing of water to those who don’t have access. My question, I understand that this plant gives clean water, and I saw in the video that explains in all that they are cutting part the plants, is that to keep the roots growing so that we could potentially be growing the plants as well as transporting them to other places, maybe not third world countries, but maybe something in the US or something like that? Or is that to clean them up so they grow faster? Also, when we are cutting off those parts, what are we doing with them? Are we able to use them for something else that we never knew, or are we just throwing them away?
    I loved this article so much! I am always curious what strange things we can come up with to help the world and the environment and children!

  • Caitlin Donohue

    Wow this is so amazing that you are doing this! What an awesome cure to a terrible problem. I love that you say “The future is in nature and nature is the answer to what we’re looking for.” It is so nice when people find answer to problems and fix them in a natural way and without chemicals. What do your future plans look like dealing with this?

  • BartuchGR11

    Thank you for posting this article. I found this blog interesting because I didn’t realized that plants can provide so much clean drinking water. I was amazed to hear that a child dies every 20 second from not having enough clean drinking water. I agree with what Agua Inc. doing to provide clean drinking water to other countries. It was amazing to hear that they have installed systems in over 5 countries and have generated $4,000,000 in revenue in the last 3 years.

  • Jen McKiernan

    Thank you for sharing this article. It is extremely sad that a child dies every 20 seconds from not having clean water. I definitely take having clean water for granted but after watching this video I will appreciate it way more. I think that it is awesome that you found a way to save so many lives by using nature. It is inspiring to see someone dedicate their life to helping other people.

  • vitalecm03

    Thank you for this article. This Earth has so much to offer and a lot of us don’t even know it! By using the resources that the Earth gives us theres so much we can do to help each other and make every place a better place to live. I love this idea and everything about helping children! Thank you again.

  • sarahbrooks

    Thank you for sharing! I was so
    surprised with that the facts that were presented in this video. It
    is extremely sad that so many people go without having clean water
    and end up dying at young ages because of it. I loved how the
    philosophy was to listen, share, and build together. If people work
    together to make a positive impact, it is bound to happen! Is Agua
    the biggest thing trying to cure water problems around the world?

  • sarahbrooks

    I agree with you! He is such a good role model, and it is extremely important to follow your passion and that is exactly what he did considering he has been working with it for 10 years. I think that it’s even more amazing that his passion involves helping others; because I think that it one of the most important thing anyone could ever do. Do you agree?

  • Josh Pritchard

    I agree! This was both an amazing video and shocking at the same time. The stats on children dying is crazy, like I would never have thought it was that high. Ever 20 seconds a child dies.. We take advantage of having clean water. Using nature is an amazing idea! Way to go Agua Inc. Are you guys trying to do more or reach out to other countries besides the 5?

  • Brittney Glende

    Absolutely amazing article. Anything that we can do to save people in less fortunate countries is truly a blessing. I think that the milestones that you have listed are unbelievable and I am so happy that we have people out there like you and your team that make a difference in peoples life everyday. Thank you for posting.

  • Brittney Glende

    I could not believe that either, every 20 seconds a child dies… that is just so sad and heart breaking πŸ™ I never thought it that bad. I think that using nature is a great idea instead of using chemicals to clean the water. I also would like to know what Josh is curious about, are you and your team trying to do more or reach out to other countries besides the 5?! Thank you.

  • Marian326

    Thank you for having the desire to pursue your passion to provide clean water to millions of people. I was impressed by the reduction in infant mortality rates in Mali! What a wonderful feeling it must be to know that your passion has led to the saving of so many lives. I love the fact that you are solving what many see as a difficult situation with a simple plant. What is next on your list of things to improve?

  • tjbaumeister08

    Thank you for sharing this video. I think this is an awesome idea. A lot of money is spent on technology to treat water. I never would have thought a simple plant could be the answer to the problem. It’s affordable and is a great environmental alternative.

  • jack lomax

    a plant. A bloody plant. Give this guy a medal! Its kind of sad that such revolutionary ideas aren’t made public. If people were more aware of stuff like this, maybe they would invest more into these life saving ideas. I guess Miley Cyrus’s newest tattoo is pretty important news too.. 😐

    “What is a problem? A problem is an opportunity.” Class quote! Don’t look at something as a problem. As a negative. Look at something as an opportunity. Something you can change for the better.

  • Connor Driscoll

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! This should be shared with everyone because this amazed me. To think that such a seemingly complex situation can be solved by a plant is astonishing to me. Are there alternatives to other global health concerns that you know of and are passionate about?

  • LevenhagAL14

    The reduction in childhood mortality by 75% blew my mind. Our earth is so important, and it breaks my heart that systems like this shown here are not being used elsewhere. I hadn’t heard of this until I saw this article. Water is our life source, take it away and there won’t be anything left. The pollution that is plaguing our oceans is disastrous. There is nothing more important than promoting sustainability and a healthy lifestyle, for ourselves and our planet. Fantastic and inspiring video.

  • Chris Williams

    Yes it is sad that we complain about little things when people have it a lot worse then we have it. I am going to keep an eye on Agua inc. to see how much progress they make and to see how many life’s they will save in the long run.

  • kolinjk29

    This is an amazing product. Never new something like this existed before reading about it in this article. I find it amazing that a lot of the worlds drinking water problems could be treated with plants while reducing pollution. This is great for the earth and is saving money and lives at the same time. People need to be more aware of things like this so the word can get out and spread from country to country. This is very affordable and something that we can not live without. A question I have for you is how many plants would be needed to filter an entire country of water? Thanks for sharing

  • treehugger90

    I think that is a great idea to keep an eye on Agua inc! I will as well because it truly will be interesting to see how many lives they will change. It also will be interesting to see if it turns into a huge thing!

  • Chris Williams

    Here is there website to keep track of the progress. It’s kinda cool.

  • treehugger90

    That site is pretty cool! Thank you for sharing! It has some more interesting facts on there!

  • Taylor Schulz

    I agree, it is so amazing to learn about innovations such as these that have the ability to do so much good for the world. Clean water is important and with this idea/technology I also believe that it is a great answer to clean water issues.

  • Catey Navarro

    The projected amount of people that will not have clean water in 2025 is devastating. As I sit here typing I have a glass of clean water next to me. It is fantastic that something as simple as a plant can bring millions of people clean water and save millions of lives! I truly hope this project works because it will be a miracle for those children.

  • Hillary12

    This is another awesome example of how entrepreneurs can create awesome impacts on the world in completely positive ways. Using plants to clean water is a simple idea that naturally happens all the time, but to see it being done to get clean water in places that desperately need clean water is amazing. I’m grateful that I live where I do and have easy access to clean water.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this video. It is amazing that a plant is able to create clean water and save lives. This is something that can save lots of money and lives which is fantastic! This is something that these kids will be so happy to get. I sit here with a glass of water and I don’t have a problem with having to go somewhere to get it. I can go to my kitchen faucet and get water. I am glad that they were able to find something that will help many if people survive!

  • silena_eve

    What a cool way to make clean water! I love that so many companies have been born with the sole purpose to bring clean water to people who don’t have it. Hearing speeches like this makes me feel very spoiled and unworthy to have an unlimited supply of clean water. But the cause is getting more attention, thank goodness! The use of plants to clean the water instead of chemicals is a brilliant idea. I hope that this business grows exponentially, the cause is so worthy! Thanks for sharing this video.

  • awither1

    This is proof that entrepreneurs can make big impacts on people’s lives with the things they create. This great thinking is going to save many of people’s lives.

  • danphaw

    For years, make that decades, I’ve been hearing about the lack of drinking water in third world countries. Getting clean water is the easy part, we figured out how to do that a long time ago. It seems to me this is more of a cultural or political problem.

  • Cameron Morrell

    I would agree with you Dan. The same cultural and political problems are also causing similar issues for world hunger. The solutions are becoming more and more available, but the problems are what are preventing any good from coming of them. It is good to see people who are being helped though, because even if it is on a small scale, that is still an improvement, and it is a positive change being made to someones life somewhere. Hopefully more solutions like this will become more frequent and more people will be able to benefit!

  • danphaw

    The main problem in the world is instability. There’s plenty of food/ water in this world the problem lies in finding a way to distributing it to places where corruption and violence are the rule rather than the exception.

  • Abby2017

    It is great that there is something that is being done to try and help people get clean water. There was this thing on the news about a straw they invented. Where ever you are you can stick the straw into a muddy puddle and the water will come out clear. I think that was amazing.

  • Morgan H

    I love the passion you have for your business! Also using environmental aspects, plants, to help the environment is genius. The world needs more ideas like this to help clean up our environment without causing more harm. It’s also great that you are doing this in disadvataged countries that need fresh water. I’d love to hear more about your partnership with semester at sea, but keep up the great work!!

  • Warhawk88

    This looks like an awesome business! Clean water is crucial to everyone’s survival and one day we may just run out of it. Look at parts of California where the wells have all dried up. We are already seeing it here in America, where we have resources. We need to think differently about how to purify our water supply and this business has a pretty good head start. I love the idea of using the plants as a purification system, i just wish i knew how that all worked. Either way this plan obviously does work and I think it would be awesome to be a part of.

  • Warhawk88

    I totally agree. This idea is so innovative. Having the plants naturally purify the water is so cool! No chemicals needed which makes for the freshest of water.

  • Warhawk88

    I would disagree that we figured it all out about getting clean water. There are people that walk 10 miles a day for 3 pales of water. ( I heard that on a different Unreasonable video). I do agree with you about the political and cultural problems along with instability. I believe for them to become more stable and sustainable is to teach them how to use their resources with new ideas. I think this is a nice step in the right direction.

  • Warhawk88

    I would definitely like to know where they pulled that statistic from, but if it is true i totally agree. I too had a half glass of water that was sitting next to me, but i had just dumped out and now i wish i would have finished it. It is crazy to think how much water we waste on a daily basis in America. We probably dont even want to know how much it is.

  • kolinjk29

    This is an amazing product. Never new something like this existed before reading about it in this article. I find it amazing that a lot of the worlds drinking water problems could be treated with plants while reducing pollution. This is great for the earth and is saving money and lives at the same time. People need to be more aware of things like this so the word can get out and spread from country to country. This is very affordable and something that we can not live without. A question I have for you is how many plants would be needed to filter an entire country of water? Thanks for sharing