Water Alliance

What is the Global Water Alliance?

The Global Water Alliance is an initiative led by Fundación Avina and the Advanced Innovation Center (AIC) of Chile, in collaboration with World Transforming Technologies (WTT), with the mission to integrate state-of-the-art technology, social innovation, and business models based on a new economy, in ways that generate sustainable social, economic, and environmental impact and improve quality of life in the most vulnerable communities.

During its first phase, the Global Water Alliance seeks to guarantee access to quality water in vulnerable communities that currently lack access to this vital resource. This access will be made possible by installing the Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWSS) technology and involving the community in the operations, management, and development of the system. Their participation is a key component of the collaborative processes that will lead to the full enjoyment of the human right to water for a better quality of life.

What is the Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWSS)?

PWSS is a water sanitation system that is extremely energy-efficient and cost-effective. It is 100% effective in eliminating bacteria and viruses present in a continuous flow of contaminated water. No other existing technology matches the effectiveness of PWSS, and replicating this technology will offer a solution for one of the primary causes of death worldwide: communicable diseases spread through contaminated water.

The PWSS technology was developed by the Advanced Innovation Center of Chile.

Avina's Director of Social Innovation, Guillermo Scallan, along with the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of Fundación Koinomadelfia, Mónica Hernández, the Chilean Minister of Social Development, María Fernanda Villegas, and the founder and director of AIC, Alfredo Zolezzi, at the launch of the Global Water Alliance's first pilot project in the town of Peñaflor, Santiago, Chile, in December 2014.
Pilot projects in Chile begin to bring quality water to all

The "Agua de calidad para todas y todos" ("Quality water for all") project, financed by the Chilean Ministry of Social Development, was launched in December 2014. This was the Global Water Alliance's first pilot project and it was installed in the Koinomadelfia Children's Home in the town of Peñaflor. The objective of the project is to develop, test, and evaluate the effectiveness of this new model and its impact on access to quality water in the most vulnerable communities.

Voices from the Field

Alfredo Zolezzi

Founder and Director of the Advanced Innovation Center, Chile

María Fernanda Villegas

Chilean Minister of Social Development

Mónica Hernández Lemus

Executive Director of Fundación Koinomadelfia in Peñaflor, Chile

Guillermo Scallan

Avina's Director of Social Innovation

Rodolfo Ramírez León

Regional Head of the Servicio País program, Fundación Superación de la Pobreza, Chile

The Global Water Alliance in Latin America

Avina, AIC, and WTT are organizations that promote social innovation, advanced technology, and inclusive businesses from Latin America for the world. To test, evaluate, improve, and consolidate the Alliance's work in these three areas, a pilot project was launched in Chile in December 2014 to kick off the first stage of the Global Water Alliance in Latin America. More pilot projects will be implemented in several other Latin American countries to ensure that information about the needs and opportunities that are specific to each culture and location are included in the knowledge base of the Alliance. Once the pilot projects are successfully established, the Global Water Alliance will begin to scale up throughout the region.

The Global Water Alliance in Africa

While the Global Alliance for Water rolls out its initial phase in Latin America, a team is simultaneously conducting research in Africa in order to implement pilot projects in at least two countries there in 2015, which will kick off the global phase of the initiative.


Watch the video of the launch of the first pilot project in Chile, including the participation of the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. [in Spanish]