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Our goal is to eliminate water-borne disease in all of rural, northern Sinaloa, Mexico through a cooperative effort to install Biosand filters to provide safe drinking water to all 100,000 residents.


The people of rural Sinaloa are the Spanish and the indigenous Mayo and Tarahumara people who do not have any access to clean water; rather their only source of water is the highly contaminated Rio Fuerte. The Mexican government has no plans to assist these poor rural peoples, numbering in the tens of thousands. 


Compounding the issue is the current humanitarian crisis involving the Tarahumara of the Sierre Madre who have been driven from their homes by drug violence in the Copper Canyon area. Approximately 150 families have fled to our region of Sinaloa without food, shelter, clothing or access to clean water. They are not registered Mexican citizens and thus have no access to government aid of any kind.

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The indigenous of northern Mexico are termed "The Forgotten People" because not only are they are not helped by their own government, they receive no attention from global assistance organizations. The water-borne disease rate is high, children are ill and cannot attend school. Although death rates are low, the incidence of Hepatitis A, and disorders resulting from E. coli contamination are high.

The Clean Water Project is a cooperative effort to establish safe water for the tens of thousands of people in rural northern Sinaloa, México through the installation of Biosand filters in all villages. In each of the areas where water filters have been installed, the incidence of water-borne disease has increased to near zero. (p<.001)


The objective of this project is to treat all communities within a 100km range of El Fuerte, Sinaloa. This area ranges from the north in Choix, Sinaloa to Los Mochis in the south in Sinaloa, the area of highest concentration of indigenous Mayo & Tarahumara.

Identifying Areas of Greatest Need

Filter Installation

Water Sanitation Training

An estimated 100,000 people in rural Northern Sinaloa are still in need of access to clean water.

Biosand filter installation is labor intensive but long-lasting. See the PDF provided below for a full explanation of this process and the required materials.

The project involves teaching the local people to test their own water quality, and water sanitation training. We have developed a train-the-trainer system of modules in health, hygiene and water sanitation which must be spread throughout the region along with the installation of filtration.