Tumbes Pilot Plant

The Puyango Tumbes River in Peru, a vital water source, faces contamination issues threatening clean drinking water access. This isn’t a unique problem, but a challenge found globally due to costly decontamination methods like Reverse Osmosis. Our research, in collaboration with partners in Peru and the USA, focuses on using resins to separate heavy metal ions from the river, reducing costs. Sampling in Tumbes identified critical contaminants like aluminum and iron, highlighting the urgent need for action.

Ion retardation -designed by Inspiratus Technologies- has proven to be highly effective in removing the entire range of contaminants of the river, including Aluminum. This process successfully reduced contaminant concentrations to levels that meet the quality standards for drinking water. These levels of decontamination are very hard to achieve with flocculation methods given the seasonal variations of the river water and the lack of local managerial resources.

We are currently in the preliminary stage of the implementation of the Pilot Ion Retardation Water Treatment Plant in the district of San Jacinto, which will then allow us to expand to implement 3 more WTPs throughout Tumbes, providing healthy drinking water for an average of 6000 people. In Tumbes, only 50 percent of the population has access to safely managed water, and only 4 out of 10 people have safely managed sanitation