Contributors to blogpost: Christy Prouty, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Eric Koenig, Anthropology, University of South Florida
This week’s blog will showcase yet another wastewater reclamation opportunity—Mr. Luis Garcia’s Ecofriendly Solutions®—demonstrating how, in Belize, Reclaim is…a business opportunity.
Our video highlights the opportunities and challenges involved in one entrepreneur’s vision to reclaim nutrients and water from wastewater in the context of a rapidly developing coastal tourism setting. Take a look at this article from the Journal of Cleaner Production or this video to get a better idea of how tourism development is impacting the future of local water quality, wastewater management, and livelihoods on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize.
A centralized system (to be managed by a private-sector utility) has been proposed for the peninsula that seeks to pump wastewater from residences and businesses into facultative wastewater treatment lagoons to address the demands of increasing populations and tourism flows. However, many residents are looking into environmentally amenable, yet cost effective decentralized systems as alternatives. Some residents have adopted Mr. Garcia’s Ecofriendly on-site treatment systems that productively reuse of water and nutrients from household wastewater.
While this video will briefly show the socio-economic, environmental, and technical implications of Mr. Garcia’s systems reclaiming water and nutrients as a business, our greater objective is ongoing collaboration between anthropologists and environmental engineers working at the intersection between human, engineered, and environmental systems.
Please respond to the following questions on this Youtube video:
- From a technical, cultural, and / or socio-economic perspective, give reasons why it is important to consider the different wastewater systems on the Placencia Peninsula, both those that are currently implemented and those that are suggested for the future.
- In this week’s video, we highlighted how the word ‘Reclaim’ can represent a business opportunity for entrepreneurs in sustainable wastewater management. What other examples of wastewater resource recovery entrepreneurs have you seen, experienced, or read about, and how do they address the logistical, cultural, and socio-economic challenges of promoting their products and services? [Think of your answer in terms of scale, perceptions, regulations, geographic and cultural context, and supply and demand]
- How could this video be improved?
This is the blog for week 4 of the Spring 2015 “Reclaim Is…” seminar.